Disney News Round Up: Oswald and Halloween

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Published on September 03, 2014 at 1:00 am with No Comments

Hey everybody, Oswald is back! We have the full story of the lucky rabbit’s return to Disney California Adventure.  We also share the less-than-perfect review for the Frozen Summer Fun event at Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida.  It’s not all bad news though.  The Disneyland Half Marathon brings us a lovely report from Joe along with a recap of the Race Expo, and a fond remembrance of the old Disney Village from Hathaway Browne.  Care to globe trot?  We have trip reports from Disneyland Paris too!  All this plus video of the new Twisted Colossus ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain, a new Communicore Weekly, and all new podcasts from the MIcePod. WARNING: ONLY A FEW TICKETS LEFT FOR THE MICECHAT HALLOWEEN HAUNT EVENT - Don’t forget that tickets are on sale now for the big MiceChat Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt meet.  Hurry, there are just over 25 tickets left!  BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE – WHILE YOU STILL CAN.

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MiceAge Update: Double Blast from the Past
In a nostalgia move that is sure to delight Disney purists, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is set to become the newest costumed character in DCA, beginning September 14th. This classic Walt Disney character will greet arriving visitors on Buena Vista Street daily. Oswald as a new park character will be aimed directly at Annual Passholders and hardcore Disney fans who will recognize him. Plus, the nostalgic fireworks show which is returning to Disneyland.

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Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The event is based on Disney’s popular film “Frozen” and features all of your favorite characters from the film hosting various events, activities, and merchandise locations, a Royal Processional featuring Anna and Elsa, a DJ Dance Party, a Sing-A-Long, Frozen-themed merchandise (including Limited Edition Olaf, Anna and Elsa Magic Bands), and Frozen-themed fireworks. The event was originally slated to end August 31st, but was extended to September 28th due to popular demand.

 

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ONLY A FEW TICKETS LEFT! 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

Lots of trips being had at the Disneyland Resort as Labor Day passes us and Halloween is just around the color. What will you be doing for the end of this year? ~ Aladdin

MiceChat Newsletter

First Disneyland Couple Trip! ♥
Who doesn’t love a first timer Disneyland trip report? How about a First time Disneyland couple trip report?! Gatheringrosebuds brings us their first visit ever!

Just a quick little trip on Labor Day
sbk1234 takes a quick trip to the Disneyland Park during Labor day, was it busy? Read on and find out!

Funniest thing to ever happen to you at Disneyland
Pan wants to know what has happened to you in the past at Disneyland that just the funniest thing you have experienced?

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Joe’s 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon and Race Expo trip report
Mre200200 brings us a great trip report about the famous Disneyland Half Marathon for this year. Read his review here.

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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From more Frozen fun, to limited edition Magic Bands we have a full round up from Walt Disney workd this week, enjoy ! - DisneylandFanAZ 

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Barbaraann’s Frozen Hot, Fun Time at Disney World
You don’t want to miss this fantastic trip report from Barbaraann. Great fun and great photos!

Custom Limited Edition 5000 MagicBands coming to Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party
For the collectors of MagicBands, ethanwa brings us info that a limited edition is coming for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Starbucks coming to the Studios
According to Disney Park Blog, Starbucks will be opening in Hollywood Studios in a new store called, The Trolley Car Cafe.

Remembering the old Disney Village
Going back to the late 80′s and early 90′s , Hathaway Browne remembers back to the shops of the Disney Village.

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Disneyland’s Critter Country could use a change and Walt Disney World’s monorail have the attention of our armchair imagineers for a expansion. ~ Trekkie Dad

What would you do with Critter Country?
New member Hunny Hunter poses this question and gets a variety of answers.

Monorail Expansion
It’s been a long time since the Walt Disney World monorail was expanded, and Imagineer45 thinks it’s time to add a new line.

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Disneyland Paris August 9-11
KEBSD returned recently from Disneyland Paris and has some great photos to share to all of us fans!

The New Jungle Cruise
TimmyTimmyTimmy shares a promo video from TVCM for the new Jungle Cruise.

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One of our newest armchair imagineers has a proposal for Universal Studios. ~ Trekkie Dad

The land Of Oz-Wizard Of Oz attraction!
New member Ellis Joe Andrews thinks a dark ride based on The Wizard of Oz would be a good addition to a Universal Studios park.

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AV Room

Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Captain Cook’s Hideaway, Disney Declassified, Captain America, and Indiana Dog! DISNEY HISTORY! – Jeff and George travel to the Polynesian Village in the early 70s to visit Captain Cook’s Hideaway in this week’s Disney History! BOOK OF THE WEEK! – George and Jeff look at Disney Declassified for the Book of the Week! 60 SECOND REVIEW! – Jeff and George look at Captain America The Winter Solider for the 60 Second Review! FIVE LEGGED GOAT! – And finally, they call the goat Indiana in this weeks Five Legged Goat!

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SFMM TwistedColossus
Six Flags Magic Mountain announces the replacement to the Colossus, the Twisted Dual Track Colossus.

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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: TSPP sits down with Disney Legend and the former Ambassador of Walt Disney Imagineering, Marty Sklar.

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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 306: Le Salon Nouveau at Club 33, listener emails
Becky takes us on a tour of Le Salon Nouveau at Club 33, giving us a peek at the animatronic vulture, changing portraits, French lift booth, beautiful mural and more new details from the recently renovated club. Plus, we discuss more park impressions, including Dooney and Burke purses and breakfast at Steakhouse 55, where the scent of red meat and the aroma of good coffee make for a memorable meal at a great value. Then we go back to the mailbag and discuss your questions and concerns!

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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

 

Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #106 – UUOP meets RF4RM On this episode we welcome Andy and Roman from the Real Fans for Real Movies podcast on to the show to discuss some of the movies that inspired the rides and the rides themselves.

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It’s been a very hot and awfully long summer since we posted our first look at Legends of Frontierland, so we thought we would go in and take a look at what’s happened with the experience since it first launched. The past few weeks have seen changes to the game revealing how deep the planning on this experience really goes. We’ll take a look at many of the changes that happened over the last weeks, dive into the ongoing story, and provide some tips and tricks if you still want to get into the game.

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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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