To all who come to this happy site – welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here fans relive fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge of finding a solution for Tomorrowland. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created this fan community… with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world. Today we visit the park while it’s in the thick of the holiday celebrations that it has become famous for.  There isn’t too much breaking news. But we do check up on a few projects here and there.  One of them is, of course, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the new safety railing along the track that is visible so far.  Next we have a look at Haunted Mansion Holiday’s Gingerbread crescendo as the last door on the advent calendar is opened. New Orleans is also becoming more cluttered with scaffolds as the 6 month refurbishment of Club 33 prepares to begin. Plus, we’ll take a visit to Disney California Adventure for their Mary Poppins Limited Time Magic offering.

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Crowds

As is always the case, crowds have descended upon the resort in huge numbers.  By noon on Tuesday, Adventureland was already stocked with a stroller traffic divider, Indiana Jones had a 40 minute wait before breaking down, and Space was commanding a 40 minute stand-by.  Of course, the lines and traffic continue to pick up through the day and peak during fireworks.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railings

This week we finally caught a first look at the new safety railings that are being installed along the track for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  They pretty much look like the queue railings, unnoticeable unless pointed out.

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The first sign of railings

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New Orleans Square

As the week progressed, we saw more scaffolding collect in New Orleans Square.  This is in anticipation of the extensive Club 33 refurbishment.  Regardless, This area of the park still shines bright during the holidays.

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Haunted Mansion Holiday

Back at the mansion, the final door on the Gingerbread house in the ballroom scene has been opened.  Surprise, it’s another Jack Skellington face.

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We can’t wait for the presents in the attic to open.

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Space Mountain

Soon enough the dome of Space Mountain will be gleaming once more.  Fall protection is being installed as we speak and cleaning should begin shortly. It couldn’t come too soon. Even a distance shot, such as the one below, clearly shows the dirt and stains.

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

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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. It’s a Disney geek’s dream:

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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)!

 

This week, Limited Time magic strikes in Hollywood Land to celebrate the release of the new Disney film, “Saving Mr. Banks,” in theaters December 20 as well as the Mary Poppins 50th anniversary DVD, which is now available on Blu-ray. Posters are available at Disney California Adventure park near Disney Animation in Hollywood Land.

There is also a photo opportunity with Mary Poppins and Bert at the same location at Disney California Adventure. The folks at this location are wonderful in their parts and they employ some fun interaction.

Enjoy next week’s “Limited Time Magic” celebration of Mary Poppins from December 16-22 at Disney Parks – it’ll be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

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¡Viva Navidad!

We noticed, this week, that a few minor changes have been made to the offerings in ¡Viva Navidad!  On Tuesday, the crafts area was turned over for extra dining space.

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They have also added some festive table coverings to some tables.

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It’s still an awesome place to see and interact with the Three Caballeros.

 

And, if you haven’t yet, you simply HAVE to see the ¡Viva Navidad! street party that runs daily.  Simply amazing stuff.

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That’s it for this week from the Disneyland Resort.  While Christmas and New Years Eve will take up the next two weeks, we will still be delivering the latest news from the Disneyland Resort. So, if you’ve got a few moment, don’t forget to check back on MiceChat all week long.  Happy Holidays and we will see you again soon, In The Parks.