Happy Friday folks!  Today’s update is choc full of fun news and information from the Disneyland Resort.  To begin with, the Flower Market has returned to Main Street U.S.A. in what we are hoping is a permanent change.  They have done some nice things to enhance the Jingle Cruise overlay and we show you what they’ve done to address initial criticism about the minimal overlay.  Over in Disney California Adventure, the holiday season takes a bright new turn with the implementation of Elf Days as part of Limited Time Magic.  Then, of course, there is the brand new 2014 merchandise already on the shelves. So, put a jingle in your step because we’ve got a lot of ground to cover!

The Flower Market returns

In a sudden change of pace, Center Street on Main Street U.S.A. has installed floral carts which evoke the Flower Market of old.  Acting as a sort of buffer to the crowds, the Flower Market carts, adorned with fake foliage, are a visual treat that we hope will stay beyond the holiday season!

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Jingle Cruise Additions

With the icy cold reception that the Jingle Cruise received by some, the Imagineers acted fast to improve this charming, but minimal, overlay.  We are fans of the Jingle Cruise for sure, but it was admittedly anemic in the decoration department.

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The queue wasn’t really the problem.  In fact, that was where most of the initial decorations were placed.  But now, they have gone in and decorated portions of the ride itself.

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The Bengal Tiger returns, more yellow than ever, with a sinister accessory dangling from his sharp fangs.

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The remnants of a Jungle Cruise skipper hat hang from the beasts teeth. Clever!

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Now, the gorillas at the encampment have some holiday hijinks they have gotten into. This is exactly what Dusty said he wanted to see them attempt with this scene. The Gorillas have commandeered a box of holiday goodies from the overturned jeep. Perfect!

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These changes are perfect and what should have been there all along. We hope that early bad word of mouth hasn’t killed the notion of Christmas on the Congo for next year.  We hope that Disney management sees fit to give this overlay a bigger budget in 2014. Not quite the perfect overlay yet, but MUCH better than the initial attempt.

 

New Orleans Square Under Wraps

More and more of the overhead walkways in New Orleans Square are becoming shrouded in scaffolds and screens.  This is to accommodate the reconstruction and expansion of Club 33 spaces above.

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Haunted Mansion Holiday

We are just a few days away from the final door on the gingerbread advent calendar being opened.  Will it be another Jack Skellington face as all the others have been?

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Casey Jr. Circus Train and Storybook Land Canal Boats

Last week we reported that the charming complex of Storybook Land Canal Boats and the Casey Jr. Circus Train were reopening last Friday.  However, it seems that either the online schedule changed or we got our dates mixed up.  So, as of now, the Disneyland Park website is reporting that these two attractions should be finished with minor refurbishments this week and should be open again by Friday the 13th of December.

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Although the attraction has been down, Monstro didn’t get the bath he requires.

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MICECHAT PODCAST: SAVING WALT, CHRISTMAS IN THE PARKS, DISNEYLAND RUMORS AND MORE

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The LONG awaited next episode of the MiceChat Podcast is back and it’s a fun one. Robo-Dusty and Doug Barnes lead us on a quest to save Walt’s Birthplace, look at Christmas in the parks, explore the latest Disney Imagineering rumors, and jump into danger at Orlando’s IAAPA theme park expo. You won’t want to miss a minute of this action packed show:

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UPCOMING MICECHAT EVENTS

MiceAge/MiceChat Anniversary Weekend

aniversary  Save the dates of Feburary 7th, 8th and 9th, 2014 for special Disney presentations, cocktail parties, Lunches, breakfasts, meets in the park, giveaways, friendship and more. Make sure you don’t miss out, add your name to the Anniversary Weekend Email List HERE:



Gumball Rally 2014 – Saturday May 3rd

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The world famous MiceChat Gumball Rally will be rolling your way the first Saturday in May. Lots of fun and surprises are in store. Join the info list now so you won’t miss out on early discounted registration (just after the first of the year).  Last year’s event sold out in record time with over 100 names on the waiting list. Don’t end out shut out of the best fan event of the year, add your name to the list HERE and we’ll notify you when tickets go on sale.



 

CRUISE THE MEDITERRANEAN WITH BOB GURR AND THE MICECHATTERS

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What’s better than a Disney Cruise? A Disney Cruise to an exotic location with beloved Imagineering legend Bob Gurr!!! Join us on the reimagined Disney Magic (Aquadunk anyone?) as we travel from Barcelona Spain to Monaco and several ports of call in Italy. And if you are REALLY up for adventure, add an extension after the cruise to join us in Disneyland Paris! This is the journey of a lifetime that you simply can’t miss. Contact MiceChat’s Fairy Godmother, Teresa Cory, at [email protected] for full trip details and pricing (it’s MUCH more affordable than you think)!

 

Elf days

The next iteration of Limited Time magic has manifested in Elf Days in Disney California Adventure Park

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To begin with, this is simply a light, elf-themed scavenger hunt through the Challenge Trail area of the park.  Guests are given a map of the area with directions to a variety of activities.  There is an eye spy to find hidden presents, a suspended bridge with bells on it, and a station where folks can learn their very own elf name.

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The Gift Chute.  grab a safe, foam gift and carefully go down the slide.  Yay.

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Grab your gift and slide.

In the Challenge Trail amphitheater, the area has been set up as a meet and greet with the elves along with a photo op in Santa’s Sleigh.  This is also where you can learn your Elf name.

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For what it is, the Elf Days thing is pretty cute.  Kids love it and they get a kick out of being given a new name.  In the end, the cast members are the ones that really sell the concept and make it enjoyable for the kids.  Elf Days will be running from now until Sunday, the 15th.

2014 Merchandise arrives

Just in time for the new year, the new 2014 merchandise is on the shelves.  There’s nothing groundbreaking here.  There is the usual collection of shirts and snow globes, sweaters and hats. There are also some interesting Mary Blair-inspired bags that we think many of you are going to want.

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Shinny New Dime

In a perplexing move, the lead singer of the wonderful Five and Dime quartet on Buena Vista Street has been given a new outfit.

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Gone is the flapper style dress and in is the new orange and yellow number. We’re not sure why the costume was changed. But the show itself is as much fun as ever and provides a lot of ambiance to the area.

We’ll let the sun colored dress round out the news we have from the Disneyland Resort this week.  We would like to thank Anabella Hotel for their sponsorship of todays article and let you fine readers know about a special offer happening right now.

ANABELLA HOTEL’S MERRY MICE OFFER

You need a holiday. Get a jump and beat the Christmas crowds by staying at the Anabella Hotel next week.

Stay anytime December 15-19, 2013 and get an amazing $79/night rate PLUS $20 food and beverage credit per day at our onsite restaurant, Tangerine Grill & Patio.

Rooms must be booked by calling the in house reservations number directly at 800.863.4888 and asking for the “Merry Mice” package

The fine print: Offer not valid until room is booked directly with the hotel and confirmation number is received. Tax and parking additional. Double occupancy. Offer may not be combined with other promotions or special offers. Offer not applicable to prior reservations, groups or conventions. Other restrictions may apply. Rate is based on double occupancy. Additional person charge: $10.00 (USD) per adult. Maximum number of guests allowed in room: 4. Offer must be requested at time of booking. 72-hour cancellation policy.

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To book, just call the reservations number directly at 800.863.4888
and ask for the “Merry Mice” package!

 

We hope to see you again soon In the Parks!