TouringPlans.com Friend Feed – October 23, 2011

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Can you believe it’s almost Halloween?  Only a week to go, and things are hectic – costumes to make or buy, candy to be consumed, spooky movies to watch.  Things are just as busy around the Disney community with the podcasts and websites that we sponsor here at TouringPlans.com.  So without further ado, let’s look at what’s going on in this week’s Friend Feed.

Ichabod Crane & the Headless Horseman are perfect for Halloween

If you are looking for a way to get in the Halloween spirit Disney style, then take a listen to this week’s episodes of Disney Film Project and WEDway Radio.  First, on Disney Film Project, the crew takes a look at all of the Disney Halloween films through the years, and lets you know which ones stand out and which you should avoid.  Meanwhile, WEDway Radio goes in depth on The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr.  Toad, the famous film that features the Headless Horseman.  It’s a true Halloween treat that I used to watch every year on Halloween night.

Our own Henry Work, lead developer at TouringPlans.com, joined the WDW Today crew this week to help discuss tips for getting ready for a Walt Disney World trip.  Everyone looks forward to the trip, itself, but I also enjoy getting ready.  Anticipation is great, so take a listen to the show and hear what Henry and the rest of the panel advise when you’re on your countdown to the World.

Speaking of Henry, he and the Betamouse crew returned this week with an episode about food!  That’s right, AJ of the Disney Food Blog joined the gang to discuss the technology behind counter service restaurants.  The proliferation of touch screens and fresh to order foods has transformed the way counter service works at Walt Disney World.  This is a great episode for a peek into what it takes to get that $10 hamburger in Pecos Bill’s.

Progress is being made in Walt Disney World, as the Fantasyland expansion nears some degree of completion.  Tarps were removed from some elements this week, and the opening dates for Dumbo and the Storybook Circus were bandied about on this week’s WDW Newscast.  Watch Lou Mongello’s show to learn about that, plus rumors about Test Track and Festival of the Lion King.

Off Kilter is one of my favorite live performers at WDW

Live music and performances are part of the amazing atmosphere at the Disney parks, especially at Walt Disney World.  I happen to enjoy the bands and performers around Epcot’s World Showcase, but there are so many more.  On the Be Our Guest Podcast, the crew discussed their favorites.  Plus, get an update on the BOGP Cruise 2.0, an event you won’t want to miss.

Live performers were a big part of the opening of Walt Disney World over 40 years ago, and the AllEars Newsletter touches on that in this week’s email.  The Newsletter not only keeps you up to date on the goings on at the World, it also has great pieces that delve into the history of the resort and all the things that make Walt Disney World so great.

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While most people are focused on the present at Walt Disney World, with Halloween and the Food & Wine Festival going on, MousePlanet today has coverage of the future.  James Cameron dropped by Animal Kingdom this past week, and the director of Avatar explored the possibilities for the new Avatar themed area with Imagineer Joe Rohde.  Read all about it in this week’s MousePlanet Walt Disney World Update.

The Disneyland Hotel is one of those places I’ve never been but have always been dying to visit.  I had dinner there once, but that’s about it.  Mousetalgia did not help that urge this week, as the group examined the secrets of the hotel with historian Donald Ballard.   This place has a fascinating history, which they reveal in this episode.

Yes, Halloween is soon to be upon us, but the holiday season is just around the corner.  Disneyland Live this week brought news of some changes to World of Color, where a special holiday themed addition is being planned.  Plus, check out new details on the changes to Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A., which will really change up the way things look at the end of the street near the Hub.

Dateline Disneyland has more details on holiday preparations at the original Disney park.  It’s one of the busiest times of the year at Disneyland, as the Halloween decorations get phased out and the holiday decor goes up.  Not to mention all the construction and craziness that continues with the refurbs and new building at Disney California Adventure.

That’s what’s going on with the shows and sites we’re sponsoring. What else is happening?

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