TouringPlans.com Friend Feed – October 31, 2011

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Happy Halloween to you all!  It’s the spookiest time of the year, so hopefully you’ve all stocked up on candy and are avoiding hitchhiking ghosts.  But the terrors of the season are not enough to keep us from keeping you up to date.  Let’s take a look at what the websites and podcasts that TouringPlans.com sponsors have been up to this week.

The Halloween festivities continued over the last week at Disneyland, with a pumpkin patch at Downtown Disney, Mickey’s Halloween Party and much more.  Dateline Disneyland is your place to see the last of the Halloween decorations at Walt’s original park.

Halloween has become a big deal in the Disney parks, not just domestically but around the world.  The Mousetalgia podcast devoted its episode this past week to that exact subject, delving into what each of the Disney parks do for their Halloween festivities.  As they say, from Nightmare Dim Sum to horror mazes, you never know what you’ll find.  Get in the Halloween spirit with this show.

My favorite Halloween tradition is to go out trick or treating with my kids, then come home and watch the Ichabod Crane part of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.  I always love watching the Headless Horseman galloping after Ichabod.  On this week’s Disney Film Project Podcast, our episode is all about that movie, including the Mr. Toad parts.  Take a listen.

Disneyland Live is chock full of news every week, especially about things like the Disney California Adventure overhaul.  But the Halloween spirit was strong in this video of a home in Riverside, California, where the homeowner has rigged lights to perform “This Is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas.  You have to see this, and then scope out all the other news going on at the Disneyland Resort.

One of my favorite things to chat with my Disney friends about is how things used to be at Epcot Center.  Remember the 80′s?  When Figment reigned supreme over the park, the Dreamfinder was out wandering around, Horizons gave us a glimpse of the future and the Living Seas had Sea Cabs?  The boys at WDW Today do, and they talked about it on a fantastic episode this week.  Take a listen and reminisce with them about the fun of Epcot in the olden days.

One of the best things about early Epcot, and even the Epcot of today, is the World Showcase.  Especially the films of the various countries around World Showcase Lagoon.  This past week’s WEDway Radio took a look at what the hosts dubbed the International Film Festival, and ran through all the countries and the amazing sights and sounds they have to offer in their pavilions’ films.    Listen to this show and you’ll have a new appreciation for the films of World Showcase.

The WDW Newscast went a little Betamouse this week, as Lou Mongello talked all about the technologies in Walt Disney World and those that are about to debut.  Everyone’s probably heard of the mysterious Next Gen project by now, but have you heard about the holiday tag for Magic, Memories and You?   Or what about the test of FASTPASS for the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade?  Check out what Lou has to say about all of it in this week’s episode.

The Be Our Guest Podcast crew has been quite busy over the past few weeks, what with the events early in October and catching up with their fans’ trip reports.  They took some time this week to catch up on all the news that has come out of Walt Disney World in the last few weeks, including Avatar coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the addition of free Wi-Fi in some resorts and the new policy of requiring credit card guarantees for advanced dining reservations.

As busy as October was at Walt Disney World and the other Disney Parks, though, November shapes up to be just as action packed.  You’ve got the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival winding down, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party beginning and Thanksgiving dinners around the various Disney restaurants.  This week’s AllEars Newsletter featured these and many other November tidbits.  Subscribe now to get all the information about upcoming events at Walt Disney World.

Disneyland is prepping for Christmas, as the decorations go up on Sleeping Beauty Castle and in New Orleans Square.  The MousePlanet Disneyland Update brings you the latest on what’s happening as Disneyland gets geared up for the holidays.

And that’s all the news that’s fit to print this week from the podcasts and websites that we follow and sponsor.  What’s going on in your neck of the woods?

 

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Posted on October 31, 2011
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