Disney News Round Up: Angels Out, DAS In

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More Star Wars on the way to a Tomorrowland near you? How does the Magic Band stack up? Pirates and chalk at the Disneyland Resort.  What happens when night falls at Ghost Galaxy?  It’s all here and more in the MiceChat News Round Up of Disney and Theme Park News and information. How is the ambiance at Mickey’s Halloween Party?  Is Hong Kong Disneyland experiencing an increase in attendance?  What about Tokyo DisneySea?  All of the information is here, plus the latest on the new DAS cards being rolled out at the stateside parks for disabled guest and  more!
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MiceAge Update: DAS is the New GAC
Yesterday was the last day to use the Guest Assistance Card, a de facto Unlimited Front Of Line pass that Disneyland has been using since 2004. While Disney finally released some basic information about the new DAS Card that replaces it, in this update we’ll fill you in on all the secrets behind the new system and the huge amount of drama that’s been playing out in executive offices in Orlando and Anaheim. We’ll also discuss the latest changes to the plan to give Tomorrowland a heavy dose of Star Wars.

Disney Gridlock
The gridlock in Congress (still no budget, as of this writing) seems like a strange topic to bring up on a Disney fan site, but I think there are parallels to the online world of mouse-fandom. In both Congress and in the Disney fan community, we seem to have reached a point of speaking completely different languages. I think ultimately the problem is that we as a nation seem to have forgotten how to disagree with each other civilly… and I see echoes of that national problem right here in our own little pond of Disney fan sites.

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Want a great view? Sit down!

Did you know that a few great restaurants in Epcot’s World Showcase offer views of Illuminations, Reflections of Earth? But, La Hacienda has one the best views, if you make a late reservation that are at least thirty minutes before the fireworks event and arrive early to view them.  You can request a window table. Take note you will also need to inform the server that you’re willing to wait 20 minutes for the window seat.

If it all works out, you will end up with fantastic viewing of illuminations, but your meal will end after the park closes, giving you a peaceful walk out of the park. Who doesn’t love that?

Disney Parks News and Reports

Has a new Dragon taken up residence in Fantasyland?!?!?  We also have trip reports about Dapper Days, Pirates Week and even some sidewalk chalk drawings that would make Mary Poppins smile.  We also have a couple more time lapse videos, this time done by the Disneyland Resort! ~ Aladdin

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Epic Trip Report #2 – Dapper Days…and Nights!
TanyAnnette and her best friend have this Dapper Day report, and with help from her fairy semsatress, she arrives in stylish attire!

10/5/13 – Limited Time Magic Chalk Drawings
Ron W has photos of several new temporary additions to Downtown Disney – some Sidewalk Chalk Drawings! Take a look!

Limited Time Magic Pirate Week
disney lady has a couple photos from Pirate Week at Disneyland!

Ghost Galaxy
Puffin999 has just discovered the night time projections on Space Mountain, that are done during Halloweentime. Take a look here and learn what happens with Space Mountain at night!

Disneyland vs Walt Disney World…in an Epic Rap Battle
timbabcomedian returns, this time for a battle between Disneyland and Walt Disney World. See how it RAPS up!

Tilt-shift videos of DLand and DCA from YouTube
Disney has a couple new time lapse videos from around Disneyland and DCA. Watch here, for an escape to the resort, for a couple minutes!

Mickey’s Halloween Party ambiance/entertainment
Has a New Dragon taken up residence in Fantasyland?!?!?! Regions Beyond has video of some of the sights and sounds during one of the recent Disneyland Halloween Parties!

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This is Halloweentime: DLR Halloweentime Expansion Ideas
Right Ear has a comprehensive plan to improve Halloweentime at the Disneyland Resort.

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This week brings us a review about Magic Bands, as well as a question about lost children. Take a look in this week’s roundup! ~ YoYoFlamingo

Disney current and former cast members: Need your advice about lost children
Share your experiences and tips for lost children in this thread, which is from a writer for Parents magazine! Join the discussion here.

My MagicBand Review
CoasterNut shares an experience with MagicBands, the wave of the Walt Disney World future. Read about all the details and ask questions from someone who’s used them here.

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Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea Parks Attendance Figures for the First Half of 2013
The Oriental Land Co. has release the attendance figures for the first half of 2013 and they are up 2 million visitors this year.

HKD prioritizes in Cantonese and 18 percent growth of attendance?
The interesting tactic to by Vice President Damian Lee to speak the Hong Kong native tongue of Cantonese instead of the mainland Mandarin has grown attendance.

AV Room

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly,  where we talk about Knott’s Scary Farm, Disney Mountains, Little Mermaid, and the Firehouse! TRIP REPORT! — Do you like being scared? Jeff does! Listen as he talks about his trip to Knotts Scary Farm! BOOK OF THE WEEK! – George scales some Disney Mountains for his Book of the Week! 60 SECOND REVIEW! – We need more than 60 seconds to review The Little Mermaid Blu Ray in the 60 Second Review! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, the Main Street Firehouse is weeks Five Legged Goat!

HowlOScream
MiceChat brings you a brief tour of Death Water Bayou at Howl-O-Screams in Busch Gardens Tampa.

Starbucks at Disneyland
We look at the Starbucks at Disneyland on Main Street!

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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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Disafterdark Disney Podcast,
In their first MicePod episode, the gents introduce themselves to the MiceChat audience to let them know who they are, then they cover some of the more obvious news from Disney. Then they give the new listeners an idea of each of their favorite three attractions and eateries in parks around the world.


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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, is giving you the run down on Lee and Tracey’s trip to Orlando in August. They are joined by Darren and Eric to discuss their opinions of all the new experiences and all the classic favourites that Universal Orlando has to offer. Included in the report, we have some “live” reports from the parks too!


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Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast, Eric & Mike are back with a new episode of the Unofficial Seaworld Podcast, where they interview the creative mind behind Seaworld San Antonio’s Howl-O-Scream event Brian Knowlton.  Along with news, rumors and stories from all 3 SeaWorld parks.


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Mousetalgia Episode 257: Halloween Time, Anaheim Halloween Parade: Halloween Time has come to Disneyland, and Team Mousetalgia reports on the arrival of this popular villainous season. But first, we welcome Kevin Kidney back to the show to give some history of the upcoming Anaheim Halloween Parade, and explain what guests can expect at this year’s event and the intriguing Disney ties to this special hometown celebration.


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Window to the Magic: ALSO COVERS WALT DISNEY WORLD! Jeremiah takes you along as he enters The Magic Kingdom for the very first time as a Florida resident and shares his thoughts and feelings as he surveys his new domain


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The Season Pass, Doug and Brent interview the President and Creative Executive for The Hettema Group, Phil Hettema!  Phil discusses his beginnings with Disneyland and Disney parks, then creating for Universal Studios including the creation of Islands of Adventure, to beginning his own company.

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V24 Radio’s Fall 2013 Survey is now online!

Answer six simple questions about our Disney Parks & Universal Studios music programming to shape the future of V24 as we slowly head towards a magical 2014 season.

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My Review for HHN 2013
JerrodDRagon brings us a first hand review of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios California.

Best house at Halloween Horror Nights 23 Orlando?
Have you gone to Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando? Which house was the best? Share your tales and see what others think.

Which SeaWorld Park is the best and why
Having only been to the Orlando SeaWorld, Coasterjunkie is curious how the others stack up.

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Sip-and-Nibble-Logo-2013Join us for MiceChat.com’s Sip & Nibble Around Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival on October 18, 2013. Get full event details HERE.

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.

sdSteve Davison, creator of Haunted Mansion Holiday, Small World Holiday, World of Color, Remember, and countless other Disney spectaculars invites you to come  to see his latest creation.  Beyond the Fence,  is a moving tribute to an important individual.  Tickets are available now, but will go fast.  Get yours today.

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Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Event on October 17th.
 Join MiceChat for a night of fun at Universal Orlando as we survive the zombies in our own rag tag group. You’ll need to purchase Halloween Horror Night tickets with Express access (it will be too crowded to see all the houses without it). For more details please email [email protected]

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Magic Kingdom Main Street USA 1972
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Getting to Know Imagineer Steve Davison
Imagineers do the things that we, the fans, can only dream of.  They are paid to devise immersive new shows and attractions designed to delight us. They travel the world on research trips to far.

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The Disney Review: Nashville and The Neighbors
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Dateline Disney World: Jungle Cruise Reopens and Magic Kingdom Construction
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we have a ton of photos and items to show you from the Magic Kingdom, including the reopening of the world famous Jungle Cruise after its.

The Vault of Walt: Volume 2
President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Audio-Animatronic twin plays the lute on Spaceship Earth. That’s just one of the many, many amazing details in this new book. Volume 2 offers 28 stories, evenly spread across four categories.

Knott’s Scary Farm 2013 Maze review
Knott’s Scary Farm opened its 41st Halloween Haunt season this past weekend with a full line-up of shows and mazes to firghten and delight. The have unveiled 5 new mazes this year which really helps.

Disney Park Hopping: Do or Don’t?
Both coasts offer the Park Hopper upgrade to their base tickets.  For an additional cost, you’ll have the flexibility to visit more than one park in a single day, but is it right for you.

Samland: Thoughts on Starbucks on Main Street at Disneyland
It seems that everybody has an opinion on the inclusion of a Starbucks on Main Street at Disneyland. I went to the park this week and was inspired to toss my two cents into the.

Van France – How a Disney Legend Changed a Life – Disneylander Jerry’s story
October 2, 2013 marks the last day of Van France’s 100th year. Van was an icon – a genius in sharing Walt’s vision of training and hiring “The Disney Way.” There are countless impactful quotes by Walt.

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.19 – 1954 Cars, Clubs and Concours
Today’s Wheel of Years stopped at 1954, so here we go. Starting in 1951 I wrote and illustrated a few books with Dan Post, a close friend of Walt Disney’s zany animator Ward Kimball. Both were antique.

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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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