Disney News Round Up: Holiday Hoopla is here!

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Published on November 06, 2013 at 2:00 am with No Comments

This week’s round up is packed full of fun trip reports, news and interesting rumors. Kevin Yee and Tim Grassey weigh in on the billion dollar MyMagic+ project at Walt Disney World. Have you tried it out yet?  Next up, Tony Baxter finally gets his window on Main Street and we are there to bring you the photos.  Have you heard that both Star Wars and Avatar are being considered for Hong Kong?  It’s true.  But there is still more to read about as we finish up with final reports about Halloweentime at the Disneyland resort and what will soon be appearing on it’s a small world for the holidays. Have you started your Holiday shopping? We have a special event coming up the 16th of November that you don’t want to miss out on! Enjoy the round up and read on!

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FASTPASS+ Limits Options
In November and December, Disney is changing the way FASTPASS+ (FP+) is being distributed at Epcot. Previously, those staying at Disney hotels could make three reservations–any three for a given park (no parkhopping concept is baked in, at least not yet). But now they are being told they can only book ONE reservation for the tier 1 rides at Epcot, and the other two reservations must be tier 2 rides. Translation: the E-Ticket rides are being limited

Tim Grassey: What’s the Plus Side: Leveraging Next Gen
We have known for a really long time that getting our visitors to Walt Disney World to make decisions about where they spend their time before they leave home is a powerful driver of visits per guest. When they get into the Orlando market and their time isn’t yet planned, they can be subject to everything you see down there, which is a lot of in-city marketing for all the many products that people have put there to basically bleed off the feed that we fundamentally motivate. So if we can get people to plan their vacation before they leave home, we know that we get more time with them. We get a bigger share of their wallet. So that’s one thing for you guys to think about.

Disney Legend Tony Baxter receives his Window on Main Street
Who could have guessed in 1965 that Disneyland ice cream scooper Tony Baxter would one day have his own window on Main Street U.S.A.   A window is an honor only bestowed upon the most notable and influential of Imagineers and Disneyland leaders. Tony received his window above the Magic Shop on Main Street to celebrate the years of magic he has shared with others.

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Join us for a very special holiday event on November 16th (Breakfast, Panel Discussions, Book Sales and Signing). Meet some Disney celebrities and authors, get your holiday shopping done early, and enjoy a festive breakfast at the wonderful ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney Anaheim.

Featuring

  • Marty Sklar (DREAM IT! DO IT!)
  • Roy P Disney representing Dave Bossert’s book on his father (REMEMBERING ROY E. DISNEY)
  • Mindy Johnson (TINKER BELL: AN EVOLUTION)
  • Terri Hardin - (TERRI: A DISNEY SCULPTOR’S LIFE)
  • Sam Gennawey (The Disneyland Story)
  • Don Ballard (Disneyland Hotel books)
  • Nancy Rodrigue (Hidden Mickey Adventure Books)
  • Dusty Sage representing Alain Littaye (Disneyland Paris from Sketch to Reality – new edition)
  • And some VERY special surprise guests!!!

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Tip of the Week

Handmade Candy Canes!

On only a few special days during the Christmas season, handmade candy canes are prepared at Candy Palace in Disneyland and now at Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure. Lines form for these popular treats VERY early, even before the parks actually open for the day. Numbers are distributed to those in line, once those numbers are passed out no more candy canes can be obtained for that day. The best part is watching Cast Members make the candy canes at the open air candy kitchens in the parks. It’s a unique holiday experience!

It’s a Small Glowing World.

During the Holiday Season at the Disneyland Resort, you will instantly notice the beautiful illuminated facade of ‘it’s a small world’ holiday. I would advise to slow down! View the beautiful wreaths on the polls around small world mall, each one is unique and inspired by parts of the attraction! Also, once it’s dark out, a special show is projected on the façade. This year’s projection show is being touted as all new. Christmas begins at the resort on November 11th this year.

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This week at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, we take a look back at Halloweentime at Disneyland, then we head over to Fantasyland where snow has fallen on at least one more building, just in time to welcome Olaf, Anna and Elsa.  We also find out more about the update projection show for the façade of It’s a Small World!  And we also take some time to find out more about the crowds at Disneyland and the meals at the resort on Thanksgiving Day! ~ Aladdin

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Halloween 2013 at Disneyland – photos and video
As the Christmas Holiday decorations take over the entire Disneyland resort, Regions Beyond takes a look back at all the Halloweentime festivities!

Anna and Elsa in Fantayland
Fantasyland has at least one more snowy roof this holiday season. And Disney’s newest personalities, Anna, Elsa, and even Olaf have been seen greeting guests! Here are some of the first photos from their new meet and greet area!

Disneyland/DCA Sign Photography
Barbaraann has several photos of various signs throughout the Disneyland Resort in this Photo Report!

Thanksgiving at Disneyland
miggator asks about the crowds at the Disneyland Resort and about the Thanksgiving meals available throughout the resort on Thanksgiving Day. Find out what others have done at the resort on this holiday and offer your suggestions, too!

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Our armchair imagineers have ideas for a ride vehicle design, a dinosaur miniland, and next year’s Halloween. ~ Trekkie Dad

New Ride Vehicle Design — Can Disney Find a Suitable Attraction?
DoctorQ9 has a concept for a suspended ride vehicle design that Disney might find useful.

Dinosaur mini-land
etc has an idea for a dinosaur mini-land complete with backstory. Now where in Disneyland could it go?

Halloween Time Expansion
DisneylandMaster is already looking forward to next year with a list of ideas for next year’s Halloween Time at Disneyland.

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Accident on Pirates of the Caribbean.
Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Paris had a tragic accident last week involving a young boy.

USJ vs TDR
So with next year’s Harry Potter offerings at Universal Studios Japan, disfa10 is wondering what Tokyo Disneyland is planning?

HKDL will consider Avatar and Star Wars for future expansion
Hong Kong Disneyland received about 43 million visitors last year and turn a profit. Now the park will consider expansions with the Avatar and Star Wars franchises.

World’s Largest Disney Store
Disney has announced they will build the largest Disney Store in the Lujiazui district of Shanghai to the tune of 53,000 square-feet of retail space.

AV Room

Sarah brings us another wonderful edition of MiceChatter

 

MICECHAT Podcast: It’s October which means it’s HALLOWEEN time! Discussion on multiple haunts and attractions for the season including Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios, Empty Grave, The Purge, Blackout, Delusion, and more, plus a big review on the MiceChat Event at Knott’s Scary Farm’s Haunt and post-Trapped talk! Tons of Disney news involving future Star Wars attractions, Iron Man in Hong Kong, and the new Disability Access Service at Disneyland. Get ready for some frightful audio MiceChatters!!

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Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly,  where we talk about Spaceship Earth, Amber Earns Her Ears, Monsters U, and Astronauts! DISNEY HISTORY! — Travel through time and the history of communication as we explore Spaceship Earth in this weeks Disney History! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George and Jeff look at Amber Earns Her Ears: My Secret Walt Disney World Cast Member Diary the Book of the Week! 60 SECOND REVIEW! – Enroll in your favorite college, Monsters University (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), for the 60 Second Review! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, Astronauts hide this weeks Five Legged Goat!

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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, Series 2 Episode 2 Soaptanian and the three Muskerpauls. ack to the old ways. Paul B(1) and Paul D are drinking ‘Old SPeckled Hen’ and ‘Magners Cider’ respectively, Nick is on Pepsi Max and our guest for the show is on MOuntain Dew.

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Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, on this show we make an announcement on an expansion of the show, we then delve in to the latest Orlando news, which contains a “What’s Newniversal” from Eric, followed by the Hollywood news.


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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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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, Part 2 of TSPP’s coverage on Knott’s Scary Farm’s Halloween Haunt 2013!  Interviews with Eric Lynxwiler, Jason Soyster, Adam Hankinson, Tim Barham, plus audio and commentary through new mazes FOREVERMORE & GUNSLINGER’S GRAVE with lead designer Brooke Walters.


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V24 Radio is bringing your more Disney Park magic!

Monday to Friday, we’re cranking out the most popular shows from Disney Parks – past and present – at 8pm Eastern.

Check out what we have in store for you!

EVERY MONDAY: An Evening Of Wishes

Enjoy music from Main Street USA before we play Disney’s Wishes!

EVERY TUESDAY: An Evening At Fantasmic!

We’ll play Fantasmic pre-show music followed by the entire Disneyland performance!

EVERY WEDNESDAY: Evening Of Illuminations

Hear music from World Showcase before we present Illuminations: Reflections of Earth!

EVERY THURSDAY: An Electrical Parade!

The sounds of Main Street USA take over the hour before rolling right into the entire Main Street Electrical Parade!

EVERY FRIDAY: An Evening Of Tapestry

Epcot’s World Showcase music takes over the hour before going right into the entire Tapestry of Nations!

Other Theme Parks

Universal Studios Hollywood Horror Nights Front of the Line Trip Report
explodingboy has a detailed review of each of the scare zones and mazes visited on a recent night at Universal Studios Hollywood.

SeaWorld Ohio
Did you know there was once a Sea World in Ohio? Coasterjunkie came across a collection of photos from the former park.

Other Theme Parks

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Join us for a very special holiday event on November 16th (Breakfast, Panel Discussions, Book Sales and Signing). Meet some Disney celebrities and authors, get your holiday shopping done early, and enjoy a festive breakfast at the wonderful ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney Anaheim. Tickets for this fabulous event are extremely limited, Don’t miss out,SIGN UP TODAY HERE!

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Universal Orlando Update: Jurassic Park Games Open and Opening Date for Potter 2.0
We are back.  This week we say RIP to Halloween Horror Nights 23, as spooky decorations are removed and Christmas decorations pop up throughout the Universal Orlando parks.

Disneyland Update: Racers Fix, Frozen, Christmas Rush
Welcome to the Monday edition of In the Parks and the Disneyland Update. Andy Castro and Dateline Disneyland are taking a much deserved break this week and In the parks is stepping in.

Join Us on the CommuniTOUR!
Are you ready for the nerdiest trip ever?  Join me and Jeff Heimbuch, my co-host on Communicore Weekly (the Greatest Online Show™), as we take part in the Backstage Magic Adventures By Disney in Southern.

Mickey’s Halloween Celebration Parade Wows Disneyland Paris Crowds
Mickey’s Halloween Celebration Parade at Disneyland Paris is considered one of the best offerings during the Fall season. We have some great photos and a video from Max Fan.

Hong Kong Disneyland Celebrates Halloween!
Hong Kong Disneyland put on a spectacular Halloween this year. Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog put this report together for us.

Universal Studios Japan Update: Harry Potter and Halloween
We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Universal Studios Osaka correspondent, Katie Fujihara, who will be covering Universal Studios Osaka for MiceChat.com.

Amber Earns Her Ears: My Secret Walt Disney World Cast Member Diary
George: One driving force for Jeff and I has always been a steadfast honesty. Whether we’re reviewing a blu-ray or discussing a change at a theme park, we want to make sure that we present.

Walt Disney World Pop Swap and Frozen
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’ll be looking at some news and construction at both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. We have something fizzy for you today and something Frozen!

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Thor Meet and Greet Lands in Tomorrowland
Today we offer an abbreviated version of In the Parks as we focus on the new Marvel exhibit inside Disneyland’s Innoventions.

2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Photos – Double Feature
There are two Yesterland articles today. Most of the 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival is over. The final day this year is Monday, November 11. Whether you were there or you missed it.

Blackout Haunted house 2013, BLACKOUT Elements
Heads up, this isn’t a theme park story, it’s a haunt thing. A very, very scary, probably one of the scariest haunted houses which is still terrifying guests this season in Downtown LA.

Get Park Wise – Celebrating Halloween at the Disney Parks
While Disney fairytales might evoke images of flying elephants and sparkle-clad princesses, there’s no shortage of creepy fun to be had when visiting the parks.

Samland Visits Orlando – Exceptional, Acceptable or Regrettable
Some may view this as the latest Samland column. Others will simply say that he has provided a trip report as a cheap way to bang out a bunch of content really, really fast.

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.21 – Bob Spaced Out with Virgin Galactic
Up, up, and away! Bob visits Virgin Galactic and learns what it’s like to reach for the stars.  He gets the royal treatment and tours their top secret facility.

Walt Disney Pictures Frozen About To Thaw
The project of The Snow Queen has been kicking around the Disney studios since the golden age of Walt Disney himself.  Legendary Imagineer Marc Davis had even developed concepts for a boat ride at Disneyland.

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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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