Today the Disney and Theme Park News Roundup arrives with a very sad bit of news.  Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney’s daughter, has died at the age of 79 due to complications from a fall suffered in September.  We dedicate this edition of the Round Up to Diane with extreme gratitude for all that she has done to preserve the Disney legacy.  Please share your thoughts and remembrances In the MiceChat discussion HERE.

Today’s Round Up brings updates from all your favorite MiceChat authors as well as news, rumors and lots of photos.


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Osborne Lights Return-For the Last Time?
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights has returned to Disney Hollywood Studios, and it’s as impressive as ever. There is speculation (based on an insider leak?) that this may be its last year, the idea being that one of the upcoming expansions (Monsters? Star Wars? Could it be Cars Land? (None have yet been announced) will take the place of the entire cityscape. With nothing confirmed, we’re stuck hypothesizing. My bet is that, given the history of this display, it won’t “glow away forever” the way Epcot’s Lights of Winter did.

Welcome to the DoomBuggies Spook Show
Welcome, Mortals, to the DoomBuggies Spook Show, a new podcast from The DoomBuggies Spook Show is dead-icated to bringing you a bit of Haunted Mansion news, haunting theme park happenings, and Haunted Mansion history in every show. We’ll be focusing on both reminiscing about the history and development of the beloved Disney Haunted Mansion attractions (and other similarly dark rides), as well as the fan culture that surrounds the Mansion.

Hoopla Review and Fruitcake Follies
It was a crisp hazy morning in Anaheim when the MiceChat Holiday Hoopla kicked off at the ESPN Zone this past weekend. But what a success it was. Thankfully, that’s not the last of MiceChat’s holiday offerings. We’d like to invite you all to join us at the Fruitcake Follies in December!

Tip of the Week

Top Three Tips visiting Disneyland during the Holidays!

Visit on a rainy day. December is typically one of the wettest months in Southern California. If you have the option to be flexible on your visit, keep an eye on the weather report and make plans to visit on a rainy day. Make sure to bring your raincoat, poncho or umbrella with you and enjoy the empty parks.

As always, arrive early! With the option of magic mornings and generally getting to Disneyland Early. These times are the quietest at the Disneyland Resort. Get there when the park opens to maximize your time. In addition, visiting on days with the longest hours will help make it possible for your family to do it all. Check on the Disneyland website for daily operating hours.

Make an itinerary and stick to it. Yes, it is fun to just go with what fancies you, but this is not the time of year to do so. The more planned your visit is, the easier things will be on you and your family. Again, go to the Disneyland website and check the times of the shows, parades, etc. that you want to see and make a plan.

Disney Parks News and Reports

The Christmas Season is Fa­-La-La-Ling in full force at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. The Christmas Tree is up, garland hanging across Main Street, and the Candlelight Processional coming soon!  Over in DCA, Bell Ringers  on Buena Vista Street returned,  Winter has arrived at the World of Color shows, and Viva Navidad is delighting crowds in Paradise Garden. ~ Aladdin

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Full World of Color- Winter Dreams w/Glow With the Show Ears in HD
SoCalbma has widescreen video from the new Winter Dreams World of Color Show, and then he also give us a chance to watch part of the new Viva Navidad Street Party with the Three Cabin Paraalleros, in Paradise Pier!

The View At Disneyland Park 11/18-11-22
This week, ABC’s The View is taping at Disneyland, in front of the castle!

DL Candlelight Processional
This years Candlelight Processional goes back to the traditional 2 night event, on December 7th and 8th. Although the official announcement is yet to come, there may be a little more information, including possible narrators! Take a look here!


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The reason for no Salvation Army support
lightofdarkness has read an article from the Huffington Post that may provide the reason why Disney has withdrawn support from the Salvation Army and forbids cast members from soliciting donations for the charity.


Not every week can bring happy news from the Walt Disney World Resort. We have 2 threads that are bound to bring tears to the eyes of many. In addition, we do have a happier thread with a MiceChatter in need of help planning for a last minute Walt Disney World Christmas trip! So, read accordingly, but be prepared to be upset. ~ YoYoFlamingo

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IO9 Article: The Trashed Remains of Abandoned Disney Projects
While these have popped up before, it’s a great aggregation of all the abandoned Disney projects like Imageworks, Discovery Island, etc. See the way things used to be, and what has become of so many wonderful places.

Last Minute trip Dec 1 2 3 4
MiceChatter (and fellow Long Islander!) Blueeyes_two has recently scheduled a last minute Disney/Universal Christmas trip. Any advice to help, with dining or transportation especially, are greatly appreciated!

Sid Cahuenga’s closing today permanently to make a My Magic + Center! 🙁
Some sad news to share: A beloved shop of many, Sid Cahuenga’s, specializing in Hollywood memorabilia, is officially closed to become a MyMagic+ Center. Lament the loss or share your thoughts here.


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A small magical touch
Täysikuu brings us some incredible HDR photos of Disneyland Paris.

New Xmas Tree and Castle Illuminations
Great videos of the 2013 Magical Christmas Wishes tree lighting and Castle Illuminations at Disneyland Paris, shared by Fultimate.

AV Room

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly,  where we talk about Pleasure Island, Art of Monsters U, Milt Albright, and Residential Street!! DISNEY HISTORY! — Learn the true history behind Walt Disney World’s adult only entertainment hot spot, Pleasure Island in this weeks Disney History! BOOK OF THE WEEK! — George goes back to school to look at the Art of Monsters University for the Book of the Week! WINDOW OF THE WEEK! — Learn about Milt Albright and his window in the Window of the Week! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, a residential street is this weeks Five Legged Goat!

New Jingle Cruise Overlay for 2013
A ride through of the new Jingle Cruise holiday overlay at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California.

A Christmas Fantasy Parade 2013
A full video of A Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland Park in Anaheim California during the 2013 Holiday season.


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

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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, We bring you the latest news from Orlando, Hollywood and Singapore, A S.P.EW Story and we invite listener and freind, Thomas Wagner on to the show to tak about hi most recent visit and also his other visits that date back as far as park opening year 1990.

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

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V24 Disney Radio

V24 Radio is bringing you a sneak preview of the holiday season!

On Friday, November 22, listen to V24 Radio at 2pm Eastern all hour as wel dish out festive music from Disney Parks and Universal Studios Orlando!

From Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade to Whoville, we’ll cover it all!

To see a full schedule of our holiday season starting November 25, click here!

For a chance to win great Disney Park prizes during our holiday season, click here!


Other Theme Parks

This week we have a trip report from Magic Mountain, news from Knotts Berry Farm and Cedar Fair, and a rumor about a new theme park. ~ Trekkie Dad

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Director_Guy’s Halloween Adventures: Six Flags Fright Fest
Following his Halloween report from Universal Studios, Director_Guy brings us pictures from Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest.

Knott’s announces holiday offerings for Knott’s Merry Farm 2013
SpacemanSpiff has a news release from Knott’s Berry Farm about its holiday offerings.

Cedar Fair: Record 3rd Quarter Profits & Incoming Dark Rides!
Looks like Cedar Fair is doing remarkably well since Matt Ouimet has taken the reigns, according to information found by our own Monorail Man.

Paramount Park In NJ??
NJDevil is hearing rumors that Paramount is planning to build a theme park in New Jersey. Other Mice Chatters are responding with skepticism. What do you think?

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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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Orlando Parkhopper – Grinchmas arrives and Red Oven Pizza Bakery Opens
We are back with a big update from Universal Orlando Resort. Grinchmas has popped up at Islands of Adventure and a brand new restaurant has opened in CityWalk, plus we have a resort-wide photo update.

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Viva Navidad brings cultural holiday fun as Winter Dreams light up the night at Disney California Adventure
Disney California Adventure has ramped up its offerings for the holidays this year with a dazzling new holiday version of its hugely popular “World of Color” water-and-light show.

Walt Disney World 1989 Resort Handbook
Documenting Walt Disney World history is most often done through official Disney publications and releases. You will run into different pieces of information that will lead you in specific directions or will offer insight into.

SeaWorld – New Nighttime Shows, New Rides and a Sea of Surprises
We have a special SeaWorld article for you today featuring an interview with the Corporate Vice President of Entertainment for SeaWorld Parks, Dennis Wirzman.

The Making of Harry Potter: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Ian Parkinson made a trip to The Making of Harry Potter: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and shares these great photos. As a fan of both the books and the movies, I never get tired.

Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea and Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning
More mermaids. Jeff and George take a look at 2 of Disney’s direct to DVD Little Mermaid films. Do they sink or swim? George: So, these other two films have just been released on blu-ray.

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Winter Dreams hits World of Color and Holidays at the Disneyland Resort.
What a HUGE week it has been for the Disneyland Resort.  The holidays kicked off on Tuesday November 12th and the action has been non-stop since.

Bright Nights for Osborne Lights at Disney Hollywood Studios
Today, we’ll be taking a look at the Osborne Lights at Disney Hollywood Studios! We have over 40 photos as well as some video to share with you.

Review: The Disneyland Story
The reality is that nobody has ever written such a book about Disneyland before Sam Gennawey. There have been other excellent books about the park, but they’ve all been picture books that have not sought.

How Long to Stay at Disney World
After “Where to stay?”, “How long to stay at Disney World?” is one of the most popular questions I receive from guests and friends planning a trip to Orlando.  While there is no magical answer.

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.22 – Disney Fantasy Secret Tour
Today’s Wheel of Years has stopped at 2013, so here we go. MiceChat and Fairy Godmother Travel hosted a recent Caribbean Cruise on Disney Cruise Lines fabulous cruise ship, Fantasy. By far the most beautiful.

Kiersten: Once Upon A Disney Dream
In today’s From The Mouth Of The Mouse, we talk to Kiersten, who is a SoCal Native, but trekked across the country to work at Walt Disney World in the College Program! Here’s Kiersten!

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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