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Disney California Adventure Videos: Mariachi Divas and World of Color

by on April 20, 2014

Disney California Adventure videos Mariachi Divas World of Color

Watch these videos and see World of Color in a whole new way. (images by Seth Kubersky)

Just as Walt famously said that the Disney empire “all started with a mouse,” the magic of Touring Plans all started with a book — namely, the Unofficial Guide. As co-author (with Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa) of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland, I’m proud to announce that preliminary work is complete on the 2015 edition of our Anaheim guidebook, which will make its way to store shelves in plenty of time for the resort’s upcoming 60th anniversary. Naturally, we’ll continue to refine the text right up until the time it is sent to the printers later this year, and we’ll be bringing you details on the changes made to the tome as its publication approaches in the fall. But for now, I wanted to share a tiny taste of a couple of the changes coming to the Unofficial Guide, via a few fun Disney California Adventure videos — featuring the Mariachi Divas and World of Color — that I recorded during my most recent visit to the Happiest Place on Earth.

Mariachi Divas

The Mariachi Divas are one of my favorite under-the-radar entertainment diversions found at Disney California Adventure, but until now they’ve be unjustly under-represented in the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. We’ve rectified that with an an expanded entry on this fabulously festive singing group.

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Disney is Looking For a Million Dollar Arm

by on April 16, 2014

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©Disney

Do you have a Million Dollar Arm? That’s what Disney is looking for in this new contest. If you can throw a 100-mph fastball, you could potentially win $1 million.

How? Well, to promote Disney’s upcoming movie, Million Dollar Arm, on April 25-26 Walt Disney Studios is holding a competition where contestants will have three chances to throw the fastest strike they can.

Participants can attempt the feat at one of three locations. Guests can test their arms at Downtown Disney at Disneyland (California) and at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World (Florida) from 7:00 a.m-6:00 p.m. local time. In New York, the competition will take place at the Tribeca Family Festival on April 26, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. All who participate in the contest get complimentary tickets for themselves and a guest to attend an advance screening of Million Dollar Arm at a nearby AMC Theatre.

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Photos: Disneyland’s Springtime Roundup Brings Easter Bunny and More to Big Thunder Ranch

by on March 28, 2014

DSC01999Bunnies have invaded Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Now through April 20 guests can experience the Springtime Roundup by meeting several Disney bunnies and taking part in some arts and crafts. The characters currently meeting are Mickey & Minnie (in spring outfits), Pluto in bunny ears, Thumper, White Rabbit, Brer Rabbit, and the Easter Bunny. Springtime Roundup is open 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM Sunday through Friday, and 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM  on Saturdays.

 

 

DSC02012Mickey and Minnie in their Springtime outfits.

More pictures after the jump:

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Disney Parks To Hold Global Celebration Honoring the 50th Anniversary of “it’s a small world”

by on March 21, 2014

IT'S A SMALL WORLD AT THE 1964 WORLD'S FAIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY

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This year marks a momentous occasion. We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the happiest cruise that ever sailed – “it’s a small world.” The attraction originally opened in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair and was a tribute to peace.

To celebrate the attraction’s debut all those years ago, a global event will see guests and Cast Members at Disney Parks around the world unite and sing the famous song.

On Thursday, April 10, hundreds of voices from Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will sing the unforgettable theme song. Throughout the day, Disney Parks also will sponsor Google Hangouts that invite people from around the world to participate in the anniversary events.

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Maleficent Sneak Peek Coming To Walt Disney World and Disneyland

by on March 18, 2014

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©Disney

The upcoming movie Maleficent premieres in movie theaters around the country starting on May 30, but those who are anxious to learn more about this film will soon be able to do so at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

Starting April 18, a special extended sneak peek will take place at Disney California Adventure in the Bug’s Life Theater and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the ABC Sound Studio (the former location of Sounds Dangerous). The preview will be shown daily.

This is similar to what took place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios last year, when Disney was promoting The Lone Ranger.

Who’s excited for Maleficent?

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D23 Expo Returns To Anaheim in 2015

by on March 18, 2014

D23expologoToday, Disney held its annual shareholder meeting in Portland, Oregon. During it, they announced quite a few bits of news (like that we should look for a Cars 3 and Incredibles 2 to hit movie theaters in the future), but one of the most interesting aspects was that they officially announced that they will once again be holding the D23 Expo in 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center. This will be the fourth ultimate Disney fan event and will take place August 14-16, 2015.

For those who are unaware, the D23 Expo highlights each of Disney’s wonderful worlds. They will all come together to celebrate what’s new and what’s on the horizon for theme parks, television, music, games, and films, including Pixar, the Muppets, Star Wars, and Marvel.

Highlights planned for D23 Expo 2015 include:

  • The 2015 Disney Legends Ceremony-honoring the talented men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy
  • Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives-a collection of one-of-a-kind assets, props and costumes curated by the Walt Disney Archives

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“2014 Egg-Stravaganza” Easter Egg Hunt Coming to Disneyland

by on March 18, 2014

IMG_9686This year Disneyland Resort is returning the popular Easter egg hunt that was first introduced during last year’s Limited Time Magic promotion. The hunt will be expanded to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Guests who purchase the $4.95 map can hunt for eggs with Disney characters on them, when they are found a sticker is placed on the map. This event will run April 10 to April 20, 2014.

Disney’s official description:

Search for special hidden “eggs” themed to Disney characters at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Have fun exploring the parks hunting for “eggs” that portray Disney characters! Record your discoveries by placing the corresponding sticker on the specially themed Egg-Stravaganza map to represent that location. Maps and stickers can be purchased for $4.95, plus tax at select merchandise locations.

 

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Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Reopening March 17

by on March 9, 2014

Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad reopening is set for March 17

Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad reopening is set for March 17 (photo by Seth Kubersky)

The wildest ride in the wilderness will ride again a little sooner than expected, as the Disney Parks Blog has announced Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad reopening on March 17. The iconic Frontierland E-Ticket has been down since January 2013 for an epically extended refurbishment, but will resume delighting Disneyland riders ahead of the previously-published April return.

The revamped ride will sport a brand new track (following the same course as the original), rebuilt Rainbow Ridge buildings (again, reconstructed to resemble the rotted originals), and new lighting and sound effects. Most notably, the beloved dynamite-chewing goat is rumored to feature an explosive new digital projection found on the roller-coaster’s third lift hill, formerly the site of an unconvincing earthquake effect.

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Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney Starbucks Opens March 10

by on March 8, 2014

Attention caffeine cravers: the new Disneyland Resort Downtown Disney Starbucks will officially open on Monday, March 10, 2014. The Anaheim resort’s newest Starbucks franchise joins the ones at Market House on Main Street, U.S.A. and Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe on Buena Vista Street. You can read the details on the Disney Parks blog.

Here are a couple photos of the shop under construction late last month:

Disneyland Downtown Disney Starbucks

All photos by Seth Kubersky


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Ask Jim Hill Ep 25 – How Profitable Are Disney Princesses?

by on March 4, 2014

In this episode of Ask Jim Hill, Len and Jim talk about Disney Princesses. Which one is the most profitable? Can the Princess franchise get any bigger?

New episodes are posted every Tuesday, so be sure to subscribe on YouTube!

If you have a question about Disney or Universal history, you can submit it to AskJimHill@TouringPlans.com, and he may answer it on the air!

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