This week, we discuss Rise of the Resistance cast previews and opening in Florida, what that means for Disneyland, the Haunted Mansion extended before refurbishment, new merchandise colors, author signings, some four legged friends retire, we finish our chat with Bob, and more!

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This week, the cast of Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker got to preview the Rise of the Resistance attraction at Disneyland. Director J.J. Abrams and film stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels , Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell and Kelly Marie Tran were all in attendance. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/12/cast-of-star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-previews-star-wars-rise-of-the-resistance-attraction-in-star-wars-galaxys-edge/

This week Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opened over in Disney Hollywood Studios. The crowds that never materialized at Disneyland for Galaxy’s Edge certainly did over in Florida. The attraction itself appears to be living up to its rumored greatness. Reservations for the attraction were gone for the entire day by 8am when the park officially opened to the public. – https://www.micechat.com/244798-star-wars-rise-of-the-resistance-not-so-spoiler-y-walkthrough/

This past weekend was the traditional Candlelight Processional at Disneyland. Lin-Manuel Miranda was the guest narrator this year. There was concern that the ceremony could be rained out, but luckily that didn’t happen. If you are interested in seeing what this years ceremony looked like, there are a number of videos online that we have linked in the show notes. – https://www.micechat.com/245055-disneyland-update-glory-disappointment-and-rainy-days/

Some good news and bad news coming from the resort about the Haunted Mansion in early 2020. First, the good news: Haunted Mansion Holiday has been extended until January 21st, 2020 while its a small world undergoes its transformation back to the non-holiday overlay. Now, the bad news: The Haunted Mansion will be down for months after the holiday version closes for a lengthy refurbishment. The Haunted Mansion joins Snow White’s Scary Adventures and the Indiana Jones Adventure this spring for refurbishments. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/12/07/news-grim-grinning-ghosts-wont-be-socializing-in-disneyland-early-2020-find-out-why/#more-295173

A new limited release pin has arrived for the holidays at Pin Traders in Disneyland. The Mele Kalikimaka Pin is limited to 4,000 and is priced at $17.99. The pin features 4 parrots dressed in their holiday best. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/12/02/celebrate-the-season-with-this-festive-mele-kalikimaka-pin-at-disneyland/

The latest color of merchandise has come to the resort and online at shopDisney.com. Belle of the Ball Bronze is themed off of Beauty and the Beast. Items with this new color include a sweatshirt, women’s t-shirt, mini backpack, leggings and more. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/12/latest-color-collection-belle-of-the-ball-bronze-debuts-at-disney-parks-around-the-world-and-online-at-shopdisney/

One Day at Disney has premiered on Disney+ and in book form. If you want to get your copy of the book signed, there is an opportunity on December 14th. Author Bruce Steele and “special guests” will be at Disneyana from 10am-noon, then at WonderGround gallery from 4pm-6pm. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/12/one-day-at-disney-book-signings-at-walt-disney-world-disneyland-resorts/

Wetzels Pretzels in Downtown Disney is offering one of the best deals around the resort this holiday season. You can purchase a light up holiday mug and get refills for just $1. The mug with initial beverage is $12.99 and available only at the Downtown Disney Wetzels location. – http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/12/08/find-out-where-to-score-1-refills-at-disneyland-resort/#more-295100

Two four legged Cast Members retired this week. Brother and Reggie, two horses that worked on Main Street pulling the horse drawn carriage for the last 11 years retired to the home of a cast member. Both horses are 18 years old. – https://www.micechat.com/245055-disneyland-update-glory-disappointment-and-rainy-days/