Happy 45th anniversary to the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland California.  Did you know that one lucky family got to stay inside the attraction to mark this milestone?  It’s true, and it’s all right here in the MiceChat Roundup of Disney and theme park news and discussion.  Along with this celebration, a ton of Haunted Mansion merchandise has been released.  We’ve heard that Disney is planning on a “Far greater Star Wars presence.”  But what does that mean for Disney Parks worldwide?  Will there be a full park or just a land in an existing park? We have news about Christmas at the Tokyo Disneyland Resort, rumors that the Magic Band technology is going to Paris, and all of the information you could possibly need on the MiceChat Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt Meet.  Tickets are nearly sold out, so don’t miss your chance to wander in the fog with your MicePals.


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Marketplace Co-Op and Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando Resort
Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World, or should we say Dateline Universal Orlando Resort? This week we explore the exciting addition of a new retail spot, the Marketplace Co-Op store in Downtown Disney.  So much shopping, and merchandise. Next we finally wander down the I-4 to Universal Orlando Resort’s new Diagon Alley.  Yes, it has been covered before in the Orlando Parkhopper and in other websites around the internet.  But what does the Universal addition mean to the Walt Disney World vacationer?  Should WDW fan boys break out of their Disney habit and go off property to explore this expansion?  You are about to find out.  But first, Disney plates, t-shirts, and tchotchkes!


Join us, if you dare, in the fog-shrouded streets of Ghost Town for the 8th annual MiceChat Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt 2014. Leave the real world behind and enter a dream-land of spooky fun with fellow MiceChat readers.


There are two ticket types:

MiceChat Knott’s Haunt event ticket (Basic) – $119.99*

  • Admission into Knott’s Scary Farm
  • Backstage tour of a new maze before the event
  • All you can eat Private Pre-scare Boofet dinner
  • Special insider presentation during dinner.
  • Early entry into Haunt
  • Front of the line access to all mazes (excluding the up-charge Trapped maze)
  • Skeleton Key access to select mazes
  • Priority Seating for Elvira Ring-Mistress of the Park

MiceChat Knott’s Haunt event ticket with TRAPPED VIP Maze – $129.99*

  • All of the above PLUS ADMISSION INTO TRAPPED: The New Experiment – special upcharge maze (Purchasing this ticket will gain you admission into the Trapped maze with the MiceChat group. By purchasing this ticket you will be randomly assigned a return time during event check-in at the beginning of the night. If you miss the reservation time you will forfeit your ticket.)

* Plus tax and PayPal processing fees

That’s right. You could buy your own ticket and wander around, aimlessly from line to line, starving to death from hunger, without a single person to hang out with. OR, you could pay one simple price and get an entire night of food, entertainment, friends, frights, and fun and exclusive insider opportunities!



MiceChat Walt Disney World Invasion – October 22nd through 29th, 2014: We’ll visit the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando, offer an optional Halloween Horror Nights event, hold a Walt Disney World GUMBALL RALLY, travel the World Showcase in our wonderful Food and Wine Festival Sip and Nibble event, enjoy Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, PLUS La Nouba, meet-ups, meals and more. Don’t miss this fantastic week of Orlando fun!!!

Contact [email protected] to book travel to Orlando. Sign up for our email list to be sent sign up information for the Gumball Rally, Sip and Nibble and other MiceChat Invasion events! REQUEST ADDITIONAL INFORMATION HERE

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Join MiceChat for an adventure at sea!


MiceChat 7 night Alaska Cruise on the Disney Wonder – June 1st, 2015: Join us as we sail toward the top of the world on the delightful Disney Wonder. We’ll hold all sorts of special MiceChat meet-ups on board. Suggest group excursions you might want to join us on. Dine as a group to discuss our adventures and more.

Day Port Guest Ashore Guest Onboard
1 Vancouver, Canada 4:00 p.m.
2 At Sea
3 Tracy Arm, Alaska Cruising Cruising
4 Skagway, Alaska 7:15 a.m. 7:45 p.m.
5 Juneau, Alaska 6:15 a.m. 4:45 p.m.
6 Ketchikan, Alaska 11:15 a.m. 7:45 p.m.
7 At Sea
8 Vancouver, Canada 8:00 a.m.

Ask us for more details on any of our upcoming MiceTrips or for Disney adventures of your own by emailing us at [email protected]. It doesn’t cost you more to use our travel agent, it’s just more magical. Let us do the work, you enjoy the Disney fun!!!

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Summer 2014 is in full swing and theme parks all across the country are fighting for your business. This month’s show is your guide to the best of what theme parks have to offer you this year. From Disney to Universal, SeaWorld to Knott’s Berry Farm and all points in between. Slap on some sunscreen and press play to hear our thoughts on where you should spend your hard earned vacation dollars this summer. This one is not to be missed!

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Disney Parks News and Reports

One lucky family was invited to spend a night in the Haunted Mansion, in celebration of its 45th anniversary.  A plethora of Haunted Mansion merchandise is available, in celebration of the 45th anniversary.  And is it possible for anyone to have experienced all of Disneyland’s attractions during it’s 59 year history!~ Aladdin

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Live Stream Tonight of Family Staying in Haunted Mansion
In Celebration of the Anniversary of the Haunted Mansion, its residents invited one lucky family to spend the night in the Mansion. The Ghost Hosts turned one of the stretching rooms into a sleeping chamber for the family to rest in peace. See photo’s of this special overnight stay here!

Can anyone here honestly say they’ve been on every Disneyland ride ever created?
asks the intriguing question, has anyone been on every Disneyland ride ever created? Then Disneyland 1951 gives us some interesting information about the early attractions of Disneyland! How close do you think you have come to experiencing ALL of Disneyland’s attractions?

Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Artwork
The 45th Anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion brings guest another merchandising bonanza, and some really nice artwork. This coming Saturday gives guests a chance to meet the artists and have them sign their work.

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2014 July Disney California Adventure
traveled from Hong Kong to experience the new DCA with their family. Here is their report, with thoughts about the recent renovation of the park. 

Disney Faniversary

As you sit around the dining room table tonight, trying to figure out your end of summer plans, we have an idea for you. If you love Disney theme parks, movies, television shows, music and more, you are not going to want to miss D23’s Fanniversary Celebration. D23 is taking their new, interactive show on the road and they may be coming soon to a city near you. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


This week is more of a walk down memory lane with trips from the past and a restored 1974 Super9 film. – DisneylandFanAZ 

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The Magic Kingdom at WDW’ – 1974 – HD Restored
In 1974, Disney produced this film and sold it on Super8. Now wdwms has converted this 40 year old treasure.

Walt Disney World Reminiscing
Barbaraann is anticipating an upcoming trip to WDW so to pass the time she has resurrected a trip from the past.

Walt Disney Face Character?
mtlchuck found some pictures of the ‘Share a Dream Come True’ parade from WDW around 2003 or 2004. So has Disney ever had a Walt face character?

Star Wars Hinting & Franchise Leveraging
cjwestby shares a news story about how Disney plans a ‘far greater Star Wars presence’ in the parks.


From Star Wars to Big Hero 6 Ideas! We have a variety of ideas and rumors this week! . ~ Trekkie Dad

Star Wars Land to replace…….Toontown?
While we’ve had many thread discussing the increasing presence of Star Wars at Disneyland, this one started by Nikefutbolero is a bit different.

‘Big Hero 6’ Preview After ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Preview
Will there be another movie preview at the Magic Eye Theater in Disneyland before Captain EO returns? The Disney Ninja thinks so.

Technology Magic Band soon at Disneyland Paris?
Looks like RFID is coming soon to Disneyland Paris, but will it just be cards or Magic Bands, as disneylandPfans suspects?


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Tokyo Disneyland Timelapse Video
brianpinsky shares a time lapse video of the park that was posted by Tokyo Disney.

TDS Christmas 2014
We get a peek at the Tokyo DisneySea press release (in Japanese) for the Christmas offerings. Luckily DuffyDaisuki brings us the translation.

Technology Magic Band soon at Disneyland Paris?
In an interview with Mark Stead, Disneyland Paris will soon be offering RFID cards that may be similar to the MagicBands of WDW.


Other Parks  News and Reports

Some people just can’t wait for Halloween season in southern California. If you are one of these people, you might want to check out some of the threads below. ~ Trekkie Dad

MiceChat Newsletter

Knott’s Scary Farm 2014 Info Thread.
Even if you’ve already read the article on our MiceChat home page, you might want to check out this thread where enthusiasts like RegionsBeyond discuss the details.

Who will die at The Hanging in 2014?
If you are a fan of the annual hanging at Knott’s Scary Farm, you can venture a guess at who will be the guest of dishonor in this thread.

Best 2014 S Cal Halloween locations/events
Yes, there are other Halloween events and locations in southern California besides Knott’s and Universal Studios, and jcruise wants to know which are your favorites.

Gringott’s model
Check out the model that mratigan built of the new ride at Universal Studios Florida.


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AV Room

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln Part 2, Summer of Yesterday, Massive Blu-Rays, and a Singing Harp! DISNEY HISTORY! – Jeff and George present part two of their look at Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair! BOOK OF THE WEEK! – George and Jeff travel back to 1982 with Summer of Yesterday for the Book of the Week! 60 SECOND REVIEW! – There are a ton of new blu-rays to review in the 60 Second Review! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, a Singing Harp is this weeks Five Legged Goat!

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Garner Holt at Scare LA Animatronics masters, Garner Holt Productions in a panel at Scare LA. Garner Holt: I was a Teenage Haunter.

The Haunted Mansion Show Episode 20: Special News for a Special Anniversary
On tonight’s relatively short episode, the Ghost Host of the Haunted Mansion briefly celebrates its 45th year of creaking hinges, strange and frightening sounds, flickering candlelight’s, and happy haunting ghosts. He also fills curious mortals in on cadaverous happenings in and around the graveyard; many of which involve the mansion itself. Happy Anniversary to Walt Disney’s “The Haunted Mansion!”

Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt Announcements 2014
Here is a full video of the Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt Announcements for 2014 that occurred on August 6th, 2014.


SeaWorld Podcast 27 – 4th of July at SeaWorld – Chris Bellows talks Belugas and more
The SeaWorld Podcast team is back with a brand new episode where we talk you to Seaworld Orlando where SeaWorld John talks about the amazing 4th of July Celebration that SeaWorld Orlando put on.  Then SeaWorld Mike talks about what it was like taking his girls on Antarctica for the first time.  He also brings us a brand new SeaWorld Conservation Fund Spotlight.

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Window to the Magic
Enjoy the sounds of the park on our weekly journeys into the wonderful world of the Disney sound experience!

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #103 – News, Cabana Bay, Diagon Alley and HHN
n this show we bring you the latest news from around the world of Universal Theme parks, followed by all the latest rumors, Darren shares with us his experience and review of staying at Cabana Bay Resort, next up is Gregory’s latest On Location which is Diagon Alley 101 – how best to tackle the new area and beat the crowds and lines and we wrap up with the latest Halloween Horror Nights news in Darren’s latest Dead Man’s Die-Gests.

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The Season Pass: The Essential Theme Park Podcast
This week the Season Pass Podcast returns to the Baxter residence for another nostalgic chat with Disney Legend and WDI Advisor, Tony Baxter! This is TSPP’s THIRD interview with the highly acclaimed retired Imagineer; as Doug Barnes (Owner/Producer of the Season Pass Podcast), Brent Young (Creative Director/President of Super 78), Robert Coker (Owner/Editor of thrillride.com), Ryan Harmon (President of Zeitgeist), and Tony, discuss the experience of shredding Walt Disney’s beloved Fantasyland, in Disneyland, for the 1983 update, as well as a lengthy conversation on the creative process behind what many consider the greatest dark ride ever developed—The Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye.

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The Disney Avenue Podcast is honored and thrilled to join the MiceChat family. The podcast is brand new and will feature intriguing insights, interviews and opinions with top Imagineers and other popular figures in the Disney stratosphere on a monthly basis.

Mousetalgia Episode 303: Touring the Disney Studio and Disney Music Group
It’s Rewards Points Week at Mousetalgia, as Kristen cashes in 15,000 Disney Movie Rewards points to earn a private tour of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank! Listen to all the details as Kristen and Jeff describe the process of applying for the tour and discuss the tour itself. We’ll compare it with the D23 fan club tours and contrast the various features of both tours.

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Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 23 – The Dr is in.
Welcome back to the Mouses Head and thank you for the download. Today we have a crossover episode with a Dr Who podcast. All of us are back again, although Paul D has some audio problems (he is seeing a Dr about it). We drink some beer and talk some news as usual In the company of Dr Squeee from the Gallifrey Stands podcast Nick is on Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA Paul D is drinking Kopparberg Elderflower and Lime Cider Paul B is on Thatchers Cider (just for Nick) Squeee is on a nice glass of Mead All neat and pretty, then on with the show.

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The Sweet Spot: In this Episode we welcome former Disneyland cast member Vern Hoiland. Vern was hired into Disneyland in 1969 and retired in 2006. Vern saw a lot fo changes over the years from managment, park changes, his own changes in roles, and much more. This is a great interview if you want to learn about how it was working in Disneyland as far back as 1969. Plus, we’ll look at the latest in the Disneyland Resort news with Tommy. Enjoy and please visit our new website www.thesweepspot.com


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Garner Holt: I was a Teenage Haunter
What does Garner Holt have to do with Halloween?  Plenty. He may run the leading animatronics design company in the business, but he really cut his teeth in horror! Garner had the honor of closing out the Scare LA convention this past weekend in a panel discussion with MiceChat’s Doug Barnes.

MiceChat Newsletter

The Disneyland Resort Celebrates The Haunted Mansion and More
Refurbishments on Main Street, new arcades, turnstiles and more as we begin this In The Parks Disneyland update. The Haunted Mansion is celebrating 45th years of scares and we’ll fill you in on what’s in store for you (or should we say “What’s in STORES for you”).  We then glide over the emptyFinding Nemo lagoon to check the progress there.  The Magic Eye Theater will be closing soon to have Captain EO return, find out when.  We also get a first look at the newly designed disabled waiting area at the exit of Space Mountain.  Let us know what you think.  We then close out with a few musings from inside Disney California Adventure, and we share information on the big Knott’s Scary Farm MiceChat meet.  Tickets are on sale now too! We won’t get into the new Adventureland Trading Company game as  Dateline Disneyland covered it perfectly on Monday with an excellent comparison to its counterpart in Frontierland.

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: Aladdin, Yoyoflamingo, Trekkie Dad, DLandFansAZ, RegionsBeyond, Fishbulb & Dustysage.

We hope to see you online again soon, Dusty and the amazing MiceChat crew!
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