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Current Events 11/11/2022

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Disney Legend Alice Davis Passes Away at 93
Nov 4, 2022

“We are heartbroken to report that Disney Legend Alice Estes Davis has passed away at the age of 93. She was best known for creating costumes for Audio-Animatronic figures at Disney Parks around the world, most notably for it’s a small world and Pirates of the Caribbean. The news of Alice’s passing was first shared in a LinkedIn post by art director, show designer, and author Christopher Merritt.”

“Alice and Marc retired in 1978, but remained involved as consultants for Disney throughout the decades and continued to support CalArts, which is what became of the Chouinard Art Institute. Alice Davis was a frequent presence at Disney fan events throughout the years. Her warm and jovial spirit instantly made her a fan favorite and she always made time for fans. While Marc Davis passed away in 2000, she joined him as a Disney Legend in 2004. Alice also received a window adjacent to her late husband on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland in 2012. It reads ‘Small World Costume Co. – Alice Davis – Seamstress to the Stars.’”

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BREAKING NEWS: Disneyland’s NEW Adventureland Treehouse Revealed!
By Dusty Sage -November 10, 2022

“We have some exciting news for you. We’ve been able to confirm with Disney that the treehouse will be returning in 2023 with a familiar look, but a whole new story. Legendary Imagineer Kim Irvine and her team have crafted a narrative inspired by the original Swiss Family Robinson… but with a whole new family living high above Adventureland.”

“There are a couple of other things we are keeping an eye on with this project. There is apparently a Swiss Family Robinson remake coming to Disney+. It was announced in 2020, but no updates have followed. It would be interesting to see if that gets incorporated into the treehouse at any point in the future. 

“Also, we suspect that there will be easter eggs and tie-ins to the Jungle Cruise narrative and Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A.). In fact, there are already hints of this in the new concept art!”


Disneyland Announces Adventureland Treehouse Inspired by Swiss Family Robinson to Open in 2023
Nov 10, 2022

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Disneyland’s It’s a Small World adds dolls in wheelchairs to the ride
PUBLISHED: November 11, 2022

“Disneyland’s popular It’s a Small World ride added two new animatronic dolls to its show on Friday, and they are both using wheelchairs.

“The new additions were unveiled Friday — the first day of the Disneyland Christmas season and the special holiday overlay that’s added annually to the boat ride through the world of singing children.”

“It’s a Small World was first redecorated for the 1997 Christmas season, with special lighting and decorations. It features the dolls dancing and singing Christmas songs as well as the iconic small world theme song, which has become an earworm for generations.

“It is fully accessible for wheelchair users, with two boats specially outfitted for their use.”

Orange County Register

Disneyland Introduces New Dolls in Wheelchairs at “it’s a small world”
Nov 11, 2022

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Small World Holiday 2022 Opens with a Touching Surprise
By Nathan Villamor -November 11, 2022

“It hasn’t been an easy ride for it’s a small world this year. Before the attraction shut down for the holiday installation, we rode the attraction and were shocked to see its state. In our Disneyland Blues section of a recent Disneyland Update, we detailed the poor conditions of small world. Between an abundance of broken or missing figures, abysmal lighting conditions, and general maintenance issues, we pointed out that small world was well overdue for an extensive refurbishment. However, after riding through the attraction today, we are thrilled to announce that Disney has taken its criticism to heart and the attraction is looking stellar.”


How Disneyland decorates the resort for the holidays each year
PUBLISHED: November 9, 2022

“The Disneyland Resort’s holiday season kicks off Friday, Nov. 11, so Resort Enhancement Area Manager Dawn Pipal-Keehne and her team of 60 cast members are busy this week transforming the parks.

“This year is Pipal-Keehne’s 25th decorating the Anaheim parks (she and her team also decorate Aulani, A Disney Report & Spa in Hawaii). Among their seasonal duties are assembling the 60-foot-tall Christmas tree on Main Street at Disneyland and the 50-foot-tall holiday tree on Buena Vista Street inside Disney California Adventure. For Cars Land, her resort enhancement team collaborated with Pixar to transform the area and two attractions, Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree, for the holidays.”

Orange County Register

Disneyland Testing Out New Mobile Merchandise Ordering
Nov 7, 2022

“Guests can now use the Disneyland App to mobile order select pieces of merchandise throughout the parks and the Downtown Disney District, and pick it up at any of these three locations:

“‘Left of City Hall’ on Main Street USA at Disneyland Park

“Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure

“World of Disney at the Downtown Disney District”

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UPDATED! Disneyland Holiday Merchandise Guide 2022
By Natalie Kipper -November 4, 2022

“While Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort hasn’t officially started yet, thanks to Santa’s many elves (or, more accurately, Disneyland’s hardworking Cast Members), holiday merchandise for 2022 has arrived in full force. With collections inspired by Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and, of course, Mickey and his friends, there are so many wondrous things to add to your holiday list. Here’s what is available right now!”


Season’s Eatings! The Complete Disneyland & Festival of Holidays Food Guide 2022
By Nathan Villamor -November 8, 2022

“One of the central aspects of the holidays at Disneyland is the food.  We’ve got all of the sweet treats and savory eats you’ll find across the resort in this Disneyland Holiday Food Guide, including what’s on the lineup for Festival of the Holidays. This mega guide details ALL the seasonal food you’ll find this holiday season at the Disneyland Resort. Here’s what you’ll find…”


Disneyland Holidays Begin Here – Your Guide to 2022 Holiday Magic
By Dusty Sage -November 11, 2022

“Sleigh bells ring again starting November 11th as Christmastime returns to Disneyland this winter. The holidays at the Merriest Place on Earth are comfort food for the soul with dazzling lights, festive eats and treats, and many returning entertainment favorites.

“We’ve assembled an evolving guide to everything that’s known about the holidays at the Disneyland Resort in 2022 and will update you here with additional information throughout the season.”


Disneyland Update: The Real Nightmare Before Christmas
By Lilliana Parker -October 31, 2022

“The man in the red suit is coming and that means out with the spooky and in with the holiday cheer… starting tomorrow. Happy Halloween, MiceChat readers, and welcome to the spookiest update of the year. Today we’ll have a look at the demise of Halloween, holiday creep, MagicBands, crowds, and some exciting progress for Toontown. We are also scratching our heads over some statements made recently by Disney’s CEO that we’re not sure you’ll agree with.”


Disneyland Update – A Storm is Brewing
By Dusty Sage -November 7, 2022

“Do you have Disneyland reservations this week? These next few days are your last chance to enjoy the parks before crowds arrive for holiday activities starting November 11th. Think of it as the calm before the crowdstorm… but there’s another sort of storm brewing this week as well: rain! The early part of the week looks like it will be soggy with flood advisories issued for all day on Tuesday.”


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