This week’s Disney News Roundup brings us insider info and holiday fun all in one spot.  Would you like to know about the upcoming changes and refurbishments at the Disneyland Resort?  How about the aftermath of the new DAS card change over?  A brand new MiceAge update fills in the blanks. Kevin Yee shares some good news about Walt Disney World too!  We also find some great discussions on World of Color, Winter Dreams. We haven’t even gotten to the Jingle Cruise yet.  Well, we had better get started!
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MiceAge Disneyland Update: Down The Rabbit Hole
The Disneyland Resort made it through another busy Halloween season that kicked off with the new Disability Access Service, and they’re barely taking a breath before jumping into the even busier Christmas season ahead. Bob Iger’s comment last week that “Disneyland Resort delivered record attendance in revenue and profitability” for the just ended Fiscal Year 2013 sums up how happy the Burbank masters are with Disneyland and its executives. There’s a few new things in store for Anaheim this holiday season, but the bigger story is the aggressive refurbishment schedule both parks will embark on just after the holidays in January. In this update we’ll fill you in on what to expect for the holidays, how TDA will be tweaking its new Disability Access Service for its guests and playing the Grinch with its Cast Members, and what attractions will be closed this winter and the surprising reasons why.

Toy Story Mania Queue Enhancements
Something new appeared in the Toy Story Mania line a couple of weeks ago. It was a videoscreen disguised as an oversized Etch-a-Sketch, displaying occasional hints about the ride but mostly offering quick puzzles and quizzes about the Toy Story movies. It’s a fabulous addition to the queue, but in many ways it’s also a perplexing one. Why now? Why spend the money to create enhancements for a ride’s QUEUE (not the ride itself) long after the ride had its debut? The mystery only deepens when you realize this is not the only place it’s happening.

Dateline Disneyland

The holidays arrive at Disneyland with new offerings and returning favorites
Welcome back to Dateline Disneyland and happy Veteran’s Day! The holidays at Disneyland are now in full swing with the weekend acting as a soft-launch of Christmastime at the Resort, which is officially set to begin Tuesday, November 12. This weekend brought just about all of Disneyland’s holiday offerings a few days early for the Veteran’s Day holiday weekend, including new offerings such as the Jingle Cruise as well as returning favorites like “it’s a small world” Holiday. In addition to its nearly-complete holiday line-up, Disneyland also filmed its portions of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade over the weekend with celebrity appearances and live filming on Main Street, U.S.A.

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Smellitzers on Main Street: Candy Palace & Candy Kitchen

Here is a quick tip, when you are walking down Main Street USA: Stop at the photo of the Candy Kitchen Cast Members hard at work. Under the window is a vent that sends the wonderful candy aromas out onto Main Street.

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Disneyland Anaheim began this holiday season on a sad note,  Disneyland is getting rid of Billy Hill and the Hillbillies.  Disneyland also filmed several musical guests, and part of the Christmas Parade over the Veteran’s Day Holiday weekend.  A talking snowman has been seen in Fantasyland!  The Candy Cane schedule has been announced for this holiday season. And reviews of the Jingle Cruise are coming in, and well, the good news is that it’s not as bad as a voyage on the Titanic. ~ Aladdin

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Jingle Cruise Reviews
Disneyland’s latest Christmas attraction makeover was introduced this week, and sadly reviews are mediocre at best for the Jingle Cruise. Nothing really new was added in this makeover, except a few Christmas jokes and a lite dusting of decoration in the queue. And for one of Disneyland’s greatest attractions, they really should have had a LOT more fun with this holiday transformation. Take a look here, and give us your opinion of the Christmas Cruise!

2013 Candy Canes at Disneyland
It’s Candy Cane time at the Disneyland resort, again, and this time the schedule has been announced, well in advance! Take a look here to see what days you will be able to view the candy cane being made on Main Street USA and Buena Vista Street!

New Olaf animatronic at the Frozen Meet-and-Greet
DisneylandMaster has a video of the newest audio animatronic character to be added to Fantastyland, . . . and it’s a talking Snowman! Meet Olaf here!

New Special Effects for World of Color
Some new lighting has been added to Paradise Pier, in preparation for the new World of Color Christmas Show, and some photos of the new lighting are included here!

Billy’s going to end, foreever. on the Disney blog
Disneyland Management made the sad announcement that they were getting rid of Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, at the end of this holiday season. Further details are here. Be sure to voice your thoughts here, and then let Disneyland Management know what a ENORMOUS mistake they are making, quitting on the Billies!


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Sleeping Beauty Castle’s Chandelier Clock Mystery
New Mice Chatter Tim Zinkan wonders if the time set on this non-functional clock inside Sleeping Beauty Castle is significant.


It seems that the holidays are quickly descending on us, and especially on the Disney resorts. This week’s roundup brings us a video of the new Jingle Cruise, a college program question, some trip report advice, and an interesting question about WDW’s recent stagnation. Check it out in this week’s threads! ~ YoYoFlamingo

Is Disney letting WDW stagnate so they can revive it for the 2021 50th Anniversary?
We all know the story of Disneyland’s dark days before the overhaul of management and sprucing up of the resort for its 50th. Is the same thing currently happening at Walt Disney World? Think about it and post your thoughts.

November 2013 WDW trip report – planning and ongoing updates
Nothing is more thrilling to the Disney fan community than a live trip report, and our own RegionsBeyond is planning on attempting one in this thread. Offer some advice on what you’d like to see and what our fearless mod comes up with!

Hi! Disney College Program Question?
We always have questions about the Disney College Program pop up, but here’s one that I’ve never seen before: Do online colleges count? Check out the answer (or post one if you have it) in this thread.

‘Jingle Cruise’ Official Video!
What we’ve all been waiting for… the video of the holiday overlay to the Jungle Cruise! See if it’s up to par, or far off course with the video here.

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Christmas Creeps Into Disneyland!
Our very own Sarah brings us a festive update from the Disneyland Resort.

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly,  where we talk about Jeff’s Birthday Report, Hollow World, Holiday Blu Rays, and Camp Minnie Mickey! TRIP REPORT! — Listen to the fun stuff Jeff did for his birthday in the Trip Report! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George and Jeff travel to the Hollow World for the Book of the Week! 60 SECOND REVIEW! – Check out the Disney Holiday releases of A Merry Pooh Year and Mickeys Christmas Carol for the 60 Second review! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, Cadet MinnesotaMinnie tells us about Campe Minnie Mickey for this weeks Five Legged Goat!

Its a small world holiday 2013
MiceChat brings you a ride through of it’s a Small World Holiday for 2013 at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.


Wakefield Report, covers the latest in theme park news!

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The Season Pass, This week TSPP interviews the Creative Director of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Brian Morrow.

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Disafterdark Disney Podcast, Series 2 Episode 4 From Screen to Theme, to Fantasyland, then to the Pub. Welcome back to the Mouses Head and thank you for the download. We are joined this week by Brent Dodge, author and awesome fancy dress costumier. This week, Paul B is on Pepsi, and Paul D is drinking ‘Hobgoblin’ Nick is on Lemsip and Brent is on Dasani water.

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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, talks about the History of SeaWorld San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio.  We talk about why we love SeaWorld, and you should love SeaWorld too!

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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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V24 Disney Radio

V24 Radio is bringing you LIVE to Disney Parks!

Our own Matthew Tice will be broadcasting live on location from The Jingle Cruise this Friday!

Don’t miss this special live broadcast…join Matt at 11am Eastern November 15!

V24 Radio
Live On Location from The Jingle Cruise
Friday, November 15, 2013
11am Eastern
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Other Theme Parks

Watch the Animals online
Coasterjunkie has found a link to webcams at three SeaWorld parks. Currently viewable are Penguins, Turtles, and Stingrays.

Other Theme Parks

Happy Holidays everyone! To celebrate the season, we’ll be renting out an entire performance of Silverlake’s classic Fruitcake Follies (performed for your pleasure in the basement of a Mexican restaurant). This show has been a holiday favorite of ours for years and we look forward to sharing it with you on December 21st. But act fast, we only have 60 tickets available. And as those who missed out on our Holiday Hoopla can tell you, our events sell out fast!  Tickets available HERE.


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Universal Orlando ParkHopper – Mardi Gras Preview, Diagon Alley Details and Red Oven
Christmas has come early for MiceChat readers, we have an exclusive preview of the Mardi Gras floats for Universal Orlando’s spring 2014 parade, along with updates from all around the resort.

1970s Walt Disney World Finds
Digging back into the research files to share some interesting finds from 1970s Walt Disney World. A majority of these images came from various cast publications and guides.

Richard Williams: Master of Animation
THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES presents RICHARD WILLIAMS By Scarlett Stahl Famed animator and three time Oscar winner, Richard Williams gave a crash course in Animation on the evening of October 4, 2013.

Winnie the Pooh New Year and Mickey’s Christmas Carol
George: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…and Disney wants you to help fill their stockings! Disney has just released two holiday-related blu-rays to get you in the mood.

Disney’s Aulani Resort Celebrates Two Years
Disney’s Aulani, the company’s Hawaiian resort, recently celebrated its second anniversary. Weekend Update reader igrules shared this report from her recent visit.

SeaWorld San Diego Getting Ready to Chill
Ahoy land lubbers!  It’s time to dive back into SeaWorld San Diego and see what is happening. The park will be turning 50 years old this spring and there are preparations being made.

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The Disney Review: Action Packed Hollow World
George: Anyone who reads us regularly knows that we’re not big fans of fiction set at Disney parks. We’ve run across a few titles, though, that have been fantastic reads.

Disneyland Frozen and Ready for Christmas
It’s the holiday season, almost, at the Disneyland Resort. Two new princesses, Anna and Elsa from Disney Picture’s upcoming animated feature (Frozen), have taken up residence in Fantasyland.

Holiday Arrival at the Magic Kingdom!
The holidays have landed at Walt Disney World and this week we’ll be looking at Magic Kingdom’s offerings.

House of the Future Resort
Werner Weiss drove by what had been a big vacant lot south of Universal’s Island of Adventure. Now it’s a massive construction site for Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

What Not to Wear to Disney
There’s a distinct possibility that you will be photographed more on your Disney Parks vacation than you have been on any other trip you’ve taken.

Samland: The Disneyland Story
As many of you know by now, Sam Gennawey is set to release his next book, The Disneyland Story: The unofficial guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream in the coming weeks.

Dueling Disney: Dole Whip vs Citrus Swirl
Children and adults from around the world flock to Disney parks every day. Most of the time, the weather in the American parks tends to be on the warmer side, which often produces the desire


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