|The MiceChat Disney News Round Up is back with your weekly summary of theme park goodness. It seems that Disney is finally getting rid of the much-abused Guest Assistance Card system (GAC). What will they replace it with? Halloween Time has launched at both Walt Disney World in Florida and the Disneyland Resort in California. Which resort came out on top after the Friday the 13th event? Will there be a price hike on stateside hotel rooms? How will Tokyo Disneyland celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary? We have the answers to all of this and much more! But before we start, we would like to welcome two very well known podcasts to the Micepod Family. All this and more will be revealed in today’s newsletter.||
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The Villains unleashed Halloweentime at Disneyland Anaheim, on Friday the 13th, with special stages at the Main Street and New Orleans Square Train Stations. Jack Skellington breaks into the Haunted Mansion in a new way, for his 13th annual visit! And be sure to save room for all the Halloweentime Food and Snack selections! ~ Aladdin
Some rumors are met with enthusiasm; others not so much.~ Trekkie Dad
The Polynesian DVC has officially been announced by Disney! Aside from this not so best kept secret, this week brings us questions about the villains out at the almost infamous Friday the 13th event at Walt Disney World, a look at the film shot on Disney’s property without their knowledge, making magic for a 6 year old, and something not so magical, a price hike on hotel rooms. All this in this week’s roundup! ~ YoYoFlamingo
This week we get a peek of life behind the scenes in Paris and get to see how the new Magical Dreamlight Wand is working in Tokyo. Plus see how Tokyo is celebrating their 30th Anniversary. ~DLandFansAZ
MICECHAT PODCAST #11: THE GREAT DISNEY GEEK-OUT
Did you hear the Disney angels singing hallelujah? For a long weekend in August, all the Disney stars aligned during Disney’s big Comic-Con like event, the D23 Expo. Of course, MiceChat was there. We set up a huge booth and offered three days of Disney Celebrity meet and greets, giveaways, podcasts and more. But the big fish was Disney itself, who set up massive pavilions for Imagineering, Archives, Legends and more. In this show, we tie ropes around our waists and jump head first into the cave of Disney wonders. We make it back with quite a few gems to share. Oh, and we finally break Dusty. We think you’ll be touched. It’s truly one of our best (and also the longest) podcast we’ve done to date:
Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Disneyland Half, Disney on Parade, Return to Neverland, Pooh, and Legos! GLUCK TALES! — Keith Gluck returns to the show to tell us a bit about the Disneyland Half Marathon in Disney His…er, GluckTales! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George takes a look at Disney on Parade for the Book of the Week! 60 SECOND REVIEW! — Finally living up to its name, Jeff and George look at Return to Neverland and Winnie The Pooh in the 60 Second Review! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! — And finally, Lego Captain Jack is this weeks Five Legged Goat!
Halloweentime brings VILLAINS to Disneyland!
It’s officially Halloween according to Disneyland! What is your favorite Halloweentime addition to Disney Parks?
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A ride through of the first group to go therough Haunted mansion Holiday in 2013
Wakefield Report, covers the latest in theme park news! find full notes on this podcast at WakefieldReport.com.
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.
Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast On Tuesday the 10th of September, Universal Orlando held a special media preview for this years Halloween Horror Nights and Eric was there reporting for UUOP. So, here we have the audio from that event. Enjoy.
The Season Pass: Doug Barnes and Robert Coker sit with Tom Zeliff (the Lead 3D modeler for NoLimits) on the origin of NoLimits Roller Coaster Simulator and the creative process behind NoLimits 2!
Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast, In this episode we will bring you news from all 3 SeaWorld Parks, SeaWorld Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego, along with an incredible interview with Catherine Brown a Sea Lion trainer at SeaWorld San Antonio, talk to Super Fan Becca, and Super Fan Erin who just came back from Career Camp at SeaWorld Orlando. We also have an animal spotlight on Harbor Seals, some inspiring Sea Rescue stories and more!
While we wait for more news on Aquatica we’ll catch up on Shamu’s Halloween Spooktacular, take a tour of a new bridge, visit the oldest amusement park in the world and tag along on a cruise. ~ DLandFansAZ
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.
We have news from all around the Universal Orlando Resort, with updates for Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios and CityWalk. And we also look into the future for both Orlando and Hollywood as we get confirmation on incredible plans for both coasts! So lean in, because we have a lot to share in today’s update!
Disneyland kicks off Halloween Time with a very busy Friday the 13th party
Disneyland kicked off its popular Halloween Time season with a bizarre and insanely busy Friday the 13th event that brought out villains, special dance parties, special food and huge crowds until 1 a.m. on Friday night. Meanwhile, the popular Halloween Time promotion brought back favorite seasonal offerings including Haunted Mansion Holiday, now in its 13th year, as well as a Halloween Carnival in Frontierland and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Work also continued on various refurbishments and construction projects around the Resort, including the new Starbucks Coffee locations on Main Street andDowntown Disney.
I’ve got some Walt Disney World mysteries that I need your help to uncover that I’ve listed at the end of this article. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can discover!
Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest 2013 is just around the corner and we’ve got the scoop for you. With 2 all new mazes and one re-theme of the stand-out maze from last year as well as additional scare zones, this year’s event is shaping up to be a non-stop Fright Fest.
Twelve years ago, I was right where you might find yourself now. I had never attended Halloween Horror Nights before, but I was incredibly excited to be preparing for a night of terror. At that time the internet was a teenager, no social media or twitter updates from the creators. We would watch TV shows that would contain commercials for the event. In those days, you found out about the houses (what you West Coast folks would call “Mazes”) when you got there. You didn’t know anything about the shows. You would wander aimlessly, hoping to get into a few houses while darting through the streets, watching everyone and every shadow.
It’s day four on BC_DisneyGeek’s fantastic Alaska cruise on the Celebrity Century. This “day at sea” is devoted to viewing (and cruising through) the spectacular Hubbard Glacier. Apparently the glacier bits that are floating in the ocean have actually taken four hundred years to travel there. Did you know that glaciers have calves? It’s true. Read on…
You probably read the headline to this review and thought “Castle? Why the heck is he reviewing Castle?!” And if I were you, I’d be asking the same thing as well. But, in the interest of synergy, since ABC is owned by Disney, this totally fits into our Disney Review category. Totally. Just go with it.
Happy Friday the 13th everyone! Today marks the beginning of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. What does that mean? Frankly, not much for Disney California Adventure. But it means a lot of fun for Disneyland Park. Today, the much-loved overlay, Haunted Mansion Holiday, reopens to celebrate its 13th year. We have been watching the installation of this attraction and will be updating this article later today with more pictures and a ride-through. Also on tap is Ghost Galaxy, the spooky overlay of Space Mountain. Back in the Big Thunder Ranch, we have the wonderful Halloween Time Carnival and a sprinkling of limited time magic goodies at different locations throughout the park. We will also be touching on a few of the other bits of news like more guard rails, the lack of Halloween in DCA and the Big Thunder refurb.
Dateline Disney World dives headlong into the Magic Kingdom this week. We have plenty of fun for everyone today including an in-depth look at the Mine Train construction and surrounding areas as the New Fantasyland continues towards completion. We also have a look at the new Haunted Mansion entrance. Is the Fastpass addition a good thing? Halloween has just started at the Magic Kingdom and so has Mickey’s Not-so-scary Halloween Party. Want to see some Halloween decorations?
In the first of a series of Disney California Adventure “then and now” comparisons, Yesterland looks at some spots around Grizzly Peak.
Universal Orlando is pulling out all the stops for Halloween Horror Nights 23, with new technologies, a park wide “Walking Dead” theme, and a vomit room. So get out your chainsaw, because this update is full of Walkers.
Universal Studios Hollywood’s greatest strength has also been its greatest weakness. Since 1964, the old chicken ranch had always been a working production studio first with a studio tour, theme park , and shopping mall shoved in between. Universal has slowly been turning its back on its heritage of taking you behind the scenes and is now going directly at Disney’s lead on creating fantasy spaces.
A trip to any Disney resort can be a big undertaking. Lots of decisions to make, deadlines to remember and tricks and tips to memorize. This is where an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner agent comes in to save the day! Or not. When should you consider calling in the professionals for your next vacation?Five Ways To Save Money At Disney When Traveling With Kids
We have something sinister from Universal Studios Hollywood to share, exclusive artwork from one of their terrifying scare zones for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. But that’s not all. We also breeze through the park to share some of the latest happenings. Did you know that the new Universal Plaza is now open to guests? We have pics. We also update you on the progress of Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and share more news on the recent shifts of construction on the upper lot. Finally, we begin the long process of covering Harry Potter construction with the closing of the Gibson Amphitheater.
Welcome to this tropical hideaway, you lucky people, you. If we weren’t writing this column, right away, we’d be in the audience too! Whether your pleasure is exploring treehouses, being serenaded by birds, or navigating a treacherous jungle full of dangerous animals (and even more dangerous puns), Adventureland is your land. Come join Keith and Jeff as they put on their safari hats and sharpen their machetes, and find out just which Adventureland comes out on top!
|The MiceEars Crew and MiceChat Disney News Club put a lot of time and effort into making these Round-Ups happen. Here are the members:Your Editor: CakvalaSC and the MiceEars Crew: Demigod, Aladdin, elly, Yoyoflamingo, Trekkie Dad, DLandFansAZ, RegionsBeyond, Disney Wrassler, Fishbulb & Dustysage.|
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