WE'RE B-A-A-A-A-CK! Five glorious days in Orlando and a five day Disney cruise. We had such a wonderful time. Special thanks to Dustysage and Fishbulb for organizing the trip and Teresa Cory of Fairy Godmother Travel for making all the arrangements. If you ever have a chance to travel with the MiceChat crew, I promise you that you'll have the time of your life!

We had almost fifty people join us for our Sip and Nibble event at Epcot. Although the group dwindled down as the day progressed, we had fifteen participants with us at the very end, many of whom had sipped and nibbled at all thirty Food and Wine Festival booths.

This is an interesting time at theme parks all over the world. Many parks are stepping up their Halloween offerings, and as that holiday winds down, it's time to start putting up the Christmas decorations. Denise Preskitt put it perfectly: this is the time when holidays collide. Her report from Walt Disney World illustrates this concept perfectly.

Tokyo Disneyland raises the Halloween bar each and every year. MiceChatter mre200200 shares photographic evidence that this year was no exception.

Finally, SummerInFL shares some Florida fine art from her trip to St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Art.

Thanks for spending a bit of your weekend with OUR Weekend Update!

Denise Preskitt captures the collision of Halloween and Christmas at the Walt Disney World Resort!

This will be an update where holidays collide!

We spent a lot of time at Fort Wilderness on October 30th and 31st. On Halloween day, we went to see the Golf Cart Parade before Mickey's Backyard BBQ.

The Fort Wilderness Golf Cart Parade is a lot of fun (we enjoy the one on the Fourth of July as well). Some of the entries are simple, but others are quite impressive!

This was my overall favorite (and was voted best overall), Alice in Wonderland's Mad Tea Party:

Another favorite was Mater:

Perry the Platypus:


The Mystery Machine:

Finding Nemo:

Pirate ship with guests dressed as Disney characters (Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, etc.)

The overall winner, Alice in Wonderland. It took three months to build!

I enjoyed this one very much!

We have video of the full golf cart parade:

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And I took a short video of the Alice in Wonderland cart detail:

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A few of my favorite campsite decorations:

Today we went to Disney's Hollywood Studios, where the holiday season is in full swing!

The Leg Lamp is back!

A video tour of the decorations at Disney's Hollywood Studios:

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There's always something new at Denise's website: Mousesteps.com

MiceChatter mre200200 covers the incredible Halloween transformation of Tokyo Disneyland

MiceChat member, mre200200, just returned from Tokyo Disneyland and offers up great photos of what looks to be quite an amazing transformation of that wonderful park for the Halloween season. From merchandise in the stores, to the decorations adorning the park, to the overlay of their Haunted Mansion, and a great big parade to cap things off, there's a lot to delight the eyes of any Disney fan in this report.

Check out mre200200's entire report [HERE]

SummerInFL visited The Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida

With my daughter staying at a friend's for the weekend, my mother and I decided to take in an art museum in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. The Museum of Fine Art has the only comprehensive art collection, extending from antiquity to the present, on the Florida west coast. See outstanding works of art in galleries designed for leisurely reflection.

Shiva (Hindu deity)

Georgia O'Keefe

Glass Art

Post-Mortem Photography

Visit Summer's wonderful compendium of outstanding photography [HERE]

Might we also suggest that you visit these fine MiceAge/MiceChat attractions for even more Disney and theme park fun:
  • MiceTube - Introducing MiceChat's new channel on YouTube. Kevin Yee and MiceChat Sarah have been uploading entertaining videos weekly, along with many other of your MiceAge and MiceChat favorites.
  • Dateline Disneyland which is packed with great news and photos from the Disneyland Resort.
  • Orlando Parkhopper featuring news and photos from Disney World and Orlando area theme parks.
  • In The Parks offers news, updates and tips from Disneyland and other Southern California offerings.
  • SAMLAND - Your weekly look at some interesting tales from Disney history.
  • MiceDeals - You won't want to miss out on these great deals for Orlando and Anaheim!
  • Vacationeering - Every Sunday, we feature articles designed to help you create magical family vacation memories!

And that brings us to the end of another week. Our photographers have just enough time to reload their cameras before we see you all again next weekend. Thank you to all of our wonderful readers, and as always, a huge thank you to our amazing team of global photographers, spies, and gossips:

Denise Preskitt Mousesteps.com
SummerInFL SummerinFL Photo Galleries

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