This week, we discuss the next big thing starting construction, Frozen expanded and cut at the same time in the parks, new entertainment, merchandise, character headbands, we talk about Haunted Mansion Holiday, and more!

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It may seem like 2022 is a long way off, but not in theme park years! Construction has started on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Toontown. The new attraction will be built in an area that is currently backstage behind the Gag Factory store in Toontown. The construction work will require the removal of some of the mountains of Toontown during the construction and no decorative scrim will be installed to cover the backstage work. The new trackless dark ride is scheduled to open in 2022 in Disneyland and this Spring in Hollywood Studios in Florida. – https://www.ocregister.com/2019/10/04/disneyland-begins-work-on-mickey-and-minnies-runaway-railway-dark-ride-in-toontown/

With the debut of Frozen 2 just around the corner, Disney has kicked off “Frozen Fan Fest” which will include product reveals, musical moments, in-store events, and more. Frozen 2 displays have appeared at World of Disney as of Friday, October 4th. Items include clothing, Pandora jewelry, and more. Much of the Frozen 2 merchandise will also be available st shopdisney.com. Frozen 2 opens in theaters November 22nd. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/10/prepare-for-frozenfanfest-with-a-first-look-of-new-merchandise-coming-to-disney-parks/

Magicians have invaded Frontierland! Like we discussed previously, some new entertainment has come to Frontierland to help add some more atmosphere. Now through November 22nd, you can find the illusionists by the Mercantile shops or The Golden Horseshoe between noon and 4pm. – https://www.micechat.com/238557-disneyland-update-construction-o-ween-in-the-parks/

The Matterhorn is still undergoing repairs after a part of the rock face had fallen off a couple of months ago. This has resulted in the FastPass distribution for the attraction being turned off. The only way to experience this is to wait in the standby line like in the old days. – https://www.micechat.com/238557-disneyland-update-construction-o-ween-in-the-parks/

The monorail has returned to all day operation, but there will still be some limited hours now through November 1st as work is done on the monorail beam near the Grand Californian. The last trip will leave at 8pm each night to allow for this construction. – https://www.micechat.com/238557-disneyland-update-construction-o-ween-in-the-parks/

In a continuing tradition, Disney has released even more new mobile ordering buttons. Annual Passholders can get the new buttons at Bengal Barbecue, Galactic Grill, Royal Street Veranda, Gibson Girl, Pacific Wharf Distribution Co., and the Tiki Juice Bar when using mobile ordering. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/10/02/new-mobile-order-annual-passholder-buttons-are-comin-to-disneyland-resort/#more-274410

The options for the Host-a-Ghost jars that premiered with the 50th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion continues to grow. The ghost of Victor Geist, which some of you may recognize as the organist from the attraction is now available exclusively for annual passholders. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/09/26/whats-new-at-disneyland-resort-buttons-magicians-and-character-headbands-oh-my/#more-272745

Mickey and Minnie ears, Spirit Jerseys, and now Character Headbands! This new playful accessory is rolling out around the resort and might be the next big thing. Currently, you can get a headband themed to Mike Wazowski, Stitch, and Buttercup. The headbands are $19.99 and available at World of Disney. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/09/26/whats-new-at-disneyland-resort-buttons-magicians-and-character-headbands-oh-my/#more-272745

Frozen Live at the Hyperion has been reduced to three shows per day, running only Sunday through Thursdays, leaving Friday and Saturday with no show. Also to note is on Oogie Boogie Bash nights, the shows are at 11, 2, and 4 with shows one hour later on non party nights at 12, 3, and 5. – https://www.micechat.com/238557-disneyland-update-construction-o-ween-in-the-parks/

As we talked about last week, this weekend was the annual Gay Days at Disneyland. For the weekend, there was special themed merchandise and food offerings available. The theme was based around “Love Comes in Every Color” and was available on water bottles, t-shirts, patches, bags, and more. Of course there was also a TON of rainbow food options as well. From shortbread cookies, to crispy treats, to Tage’s favorite a rainbow Macaron box featuring 6 colored macarons making up the rainbow. Cake, drinks, and other items rounded out the options. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/10/limited-time-rainbow-treats-and-merchandise-join-rainbow-disney-collection-at-disneyland-resort/

If you are going to be in Downtown Disney and dressed for Halloween, it might be a good idea to stop into Catal to get a free dessert. Guests that visit Catal in a Halloween costume can get a free dessert on any Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday now through Halloween. Free desserts are limited to one per table with the purchase of an entree. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/10/04/get-a-spooktacular-free-dessert-in-downtown-disney/#more-275316

Guests won’t have to wait until next Summer to get some Avengers action at the resort. Starting November 18th, “Avengers Damage Control” will come to The Void in Downtown Disney. For this adventure, guests will suit up in an Iron Man suit to defeat a “familiar enemy from the Avenger’s past.” – https://www.micechat.com/238557-disneyland-update-construction-o-ween-in-the-parks/

If collecting Disney Pandora charms is a passion for you, don’t miss out on the new Coco inspired charm. The new double-sided charm features a sugar skull on one side and guitars on the other. At Disneyland you can purchase this charm at La Mascarade d’Orleans. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/10/disneyfamilia-pandora-jewelry-releases-new-disney-pixars-coco-inspired-charm/

For those of you who are getting married soon, why not do it at Disneyland? Registration is now open for Disney’s Fairytale Weddings Showcase. At the showcase, you can meet with Disney’s wedding experts, try some of the food options, get tours of the wedding venues, and more. The showcase is on Saturday, February 1st at the Disneyland Hotel. Registration is $40 a person. For more information and to book your reservation, head over to DisneyWeddings.com/Showcases. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/10/registration-is-open-for-2020-disneys-fairy-tale-weddings-showcases-at-walt-disney-world-resort-and-disneyland-resort/

The Plaza Inn Christmas Parade Viewing Package is returning for the 2019 holiday season! Starting with the holiday season on November 8th, you can book a reservation at the Plaza Inn that includes a reserved viewing area for the Christmas Fantasy Parade. This dining reservation is pretty affordable as far as dining packages go at just $40 for adults and $25 for kids. The package is a lunch between 1pm and 3:30pm. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/10/05/ho-ho-ho-holiday-dining-package-returns-to-the-plaza-inn-in-disneyland/

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