Disney News Round Up: Its Halloween in August, Summer is gone!

Written by Anthony Hays. Posted in Disney News, MiceChat Round Up

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Published on August 27, 2014 at 12:32 am with 1 Comment

Capt. Hook delivers a trip report, a retro journey to Disneyland from 1955, and a peek behind the scenes at America Sings are just some of the fascinating topics to enjoy in today’s MiceChat Round up of Disney and theme park news and information.  If you are a fan of Frozen, and a lot of you are, we have a chilly bit of news that a FROZEN Fantasy will be making an appearance at Tokyo Disney Resort.  All of this, plus a wonderful trip to EuroDisney, and all of the awesome Videos and Podcasts from the MicePod and MiceTube.

Don’t forget that tickets are on sale now for the big MiceChat Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt meet now.  Hurry, there are just 40 tickets left!  BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE.

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Epcot Future World News and Photos
We have a special Friday edition of Dateline Disney World for you today. This week, we’re taking a quick tour Epcot’s Future World. Future indeed, as we see charging stations in the parking lot for the forward thinking park. Next we stroll by Mission Space and Test Track to check on things at those two popular attractions (Spoiler Alert: Single Rider line is the way to go).  Then, on to the Imagination Pavilion to see the latest Figment comics available for purchase.  We close the circle tour gliding over to the Land Pavilion to check up on the ticketing changes made to Soarin!

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Halloween Time creeps in across the Disneyland Resort as summer comes to an end
Halloween Time has started to creep in across the Disneyland Resort as the summer season comes to a close. Meanwhile, refurbishments continue as well, with work underway on Main Street, in Tomorrowland and at the Grand Californian Hotel. And out in Downtown Disney, Anna and Elsa from Frozen are taking over the Studio Disney 365 girls’ boutique and giving it an icy makeover.

Micechat Tickets

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.

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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!

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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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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!!!

MiceChat Podcast

AN ALL NEW MICECHAT PODCAST IS HERE!  The MiceChat crew returns to Disneyland to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion and ponder the upcoming enhancements to the Fantasyland dark rides. As Disneyland prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary, there’s lots for us to talk and speculate about. So, join Doug, David and Dusty as we take you for a walk in the park. It’s an amazing audio adventure. Then, we’ll transport you to Scare LA, where Disney Legends Bob Gurr and Alice Davis have a few things to say about the amazing Haunted Mansion.  Be sure to stick through for the very end of the show for a special surprise!

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Disney Parks News and Reports

We have some color home movies of Disneyland during its first couple of years.  Someone is working on a special version of the America Sings attraction.  We also look back at how Country Bear Jamboree came to be!~ Aladdin

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A Capt. Hook Trip report for Aug. 24th 2014
Capt Hook visits some of his favorite characters in Disneyland, and asks Cruella if she wants to build a snowman? Can you imagine what her response is?

My family’s footage from July ’55, as well as some from ’56 or ’57
Loungefly97 has some old family color movies from Disneyland’s 1st couple of years!

Animated America Sings Update – New Animatics for Act 1 and 2
During the 70′s and 80′s, guests were fortunate enough to see the Critters from Splash Mountain in their original home. Fortunately, some grainy video of America Sings exists, as well as the original soundtrack. But one talented animator is working on an animated version of America Sings! Look at how far he is on this project!

Do you consider Country Bear Jamboree to be a Walt Disney attraction?
DL Craze asks if you consider Country Bear Jamboree to be a Walt Disney attraction. Then take a look at video that tells us all about the history of this beary lovable and entertaining attraction

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

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Mayhem and Guardians and Drones, oh my! Yes, drones may be coming to Walt Disney World.- DisneylandFanAZ 

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GOTG Star Lord & Gamora Appearance At Awesome Mixtape Dance Party DHS
Star Lord and Gamora face characters will be appearing at DHS during the ‘Villains Unleashed!’ event in late August.

Mayhem in the Mansion!
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party may be adding an augmented reality game, ‘Mayhem at the Mansion.’

3 New Disney Patents: Drones
PlutoHasFleas brings us some interesting news about ‘Aerial Display System’ that Disney has applied for patents.

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With the news that Toontown may get replaced with a Star Wars land, we already have mock up layouts from our Armchair Imagineers!
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Star Wars Land Layout
After the story broke last week that Disney is considering expanding Star Wars well outside of the existing Tomorrowland, notlemc came up with a layout that encompasses all of what is now Toontown.

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Euro Disney Trip Report (Polaroids and all)
BoygunaSurf brings us one fantastic trip report from Euro Disney with stunning pictures and great reading!

Anna and Elsa’s FROZEN Fantasy
Looks like Frozen will be at the Tokyo Disney Resort from January 13, 2015 to March 20, 2015.

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AV Room

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Tiki Oasis, American Amusement Park, Human Dynamo, and Porcelains of Europe! Jeff talks about his trip down to Tiki Oasis in the Trip Report! George talks about the American Amusement Park for the Book of the Week! The Human Dynamo Machine is the Window of the Week…along with a surprise announcement! And finally, Porcelains of Europe are this weeks Five Legged Goat

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Ghostly Materials – A Haunted Mansion Celebration
Sarah brings us her review of the Haunted Mansion celebration and more!

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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!

Dead Man’s DIEgest – Halloween Horror Nights News
On this episode of the Dead Man’s DIEgest we bring you ALL the announcements for the Houses and Scarezones for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.

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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 305: Ghostly Materials; D23 Fanniversary
In this week’s Emporium of topics, Imagineer Brian Crosby returns to the show to talk about various topics, including Marvel’s Disney Kingdoms; “Ghostly Materials,” the Haunted Mansion exhibit at Disneyland’s Disneyana store; and the real meaning of the brass bat stanchions that direct the Mansion’s queue. We also start talking Expo – how to start preparing for the fourth D23 convention, coming in summer 2015. Kristen reviews two new Blu-ray releases (something old and something new), and Jeff reviews the recent d23 Fanniversary held at the Walt Disney Family Museum.


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DoomBuggies Spook Show Episode 11: Disney Legend Alice Davis
Disney Legend Alice Davis joins the DoomBuggies Spook Show this week to talk about her late legendary husband Marc Davis, who was one of Walt Disney’s original Nine Old Men and was largely responsible for the majority of the scenes and gags in the Haunted Mansion. Alice talks about Marc’s childhood and early art, and explains why Walt selected him to become an Imagineer, and some of Marc’s artistic aspirations. Also, Jeff’s new book has been published – “The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion,” from Theme Park Press and now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.

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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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Villains Unleashed! The Good, the Bad and the Evil
This past Saturday night I attended the Villains Unleashed event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. I approached the event with caution after last year’s fiasco of a similarly themed event. I kept an open mind due to the fact this year it was a hard-ticketed event priced right at $72 per person.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Big Construction and Halloween Update
There is so much happening all at once here at Universal Studios Hollywood that it’s tough to keep up.  But we’ll do our best to bring you the latest news and info from this fast-changing park. Prepping for the future, Universal is adding a massive new parking garage. We also see that they are using new ways to engage guests at the front gate who are interested in maximizing their day at Universal. We have the sad news that the popular House of Horrors attraction may be in peril just after the Halloween hijinks close this year. Speaking of Halloween, the entire lineup for Horror Nights has been announced. We then cover the cavalcade of construction with new pics from the Fast and Furious – Supercharged addition to the Studio Tour, more work on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and a photo update from Springfield across from The Simpsons Ride.  We even throw in a little bit of news from the Universal Experience with some new additions. Let’s ride the movies!

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The MiceEars Crew puts a lot of time and effort into making these Round-Ups happen.Our thanks to: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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About Anthony Hays

Anthony is a graphic designer and admirer of all things Disney. He is also the Editor of our weekly Round Up of Disney and Theme Park news. The Round Up is MiceChat's oldest continuously updated column. You'll find Anthony and the Round Up every Wednesday morning.

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