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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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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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Video: New Muppet Vision 3D Pre-show Segment Starring Constantine

by on March 1, 2014

Disney has quietly added a new a segment to Muppet Vision 3D’s pre-show at Disney California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The new segment stars Constantine from the upcoming film Muppets Most Wanted.

A big thanks to Izabelle for grabbing this video for us.

Edit: I have been informed that the new segment has not yet been inserted into the Disney’s Hollywood Studios version of Muppet Vision 3D.

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Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras 2014 Parade Video and French Quarter Food Photo Gallery

by on February 19, 2014

Opening night at Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras 2014 parade food (photos & video by Seth Kubersky)

Opening night at Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras 2014 (photos & video by Seth Kubersky)

Fat Tuesday may not arrive until March 4, according the the Catholic calendar, but Mardi Gras is already in full effect at Universal Studios Florida. Opening night on February 8 of Universal’s Mardi Gras 2014 celebration included a concert by American Idol star Daughtry, and the premiere of new Jules Verne-themed floats in the 2014 Mardi Gras Parade. Even intermittent rain didn’t diminish the considerable crowds who came out for Mardi Gras 2014‘s damp debut, though slick streets did ground the stiltwalkers.

Derek Burgan will be back in the coming weeks with a couple Mardi Gras-themed “Saturday Six” columns, but until then I wanted to bring you a virtual taste of the festivities.

First, a quick correction to our earlier Complete Guide to Mardi Gras. The original parade route map published on Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras Parade page was incorrect (it has since been fixed). The parade actually makes a loop, entering and exiting at Esoteric Gate near the Horror Make-Up Show. Here is the corrected map (click to enlarge; the Mardi Gras Parade route is the red dotted line):

Mardi Gras Parade Map

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Ask Jim Hill Ep 24 – Who Besides Eisner Could Have Become Disney CEO In 1984?

by on February 11, 2014

Michael Eisner became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 1984, but who else was in the running for the position? Find out some of the other names in this week’s Ask Jim Hill.

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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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Video: New Beetlejuice Show Debuts at Universal Studios Florida

by on February 11, 2014

Universal Studios Florida's new Beetlejuice show video February 8.

Universal Studios Florida’s new Beetlejuice show opened February 8.

“It’s showtime!”…again at Universal Studios Florida, as a brand-new Beetlejuice show debuted on February 8, barely a month after the previous version of Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue closed in early 2014. The new production still teams up updated incarnations of Universal’s Classic Monsters with the “ghost with the most” (originally portrayed by Michael Keaton in Tim Burton’s 1988 supernatural comedy) for a rock ‘n’ roll karaoke concert.

The newly revamped version brings back Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster and his Bride, and the Wolfman, along with their eponymous host. Added to the mix are Cleo and Phantasia, feminine reinterpretations of the Mummy and the Phantom of the Opera, along with two pairs of backup dancers in ghoulish getups. Naturally, all the music has been changed up, and now focuses on 1980′s vintage pop, including the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams,” Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” The Romantics’ “What I Like About You,” and The Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian.”

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Ask Jim Hill Ep 23 – How Does Disney Measure An Attraction’s Popularity?

by on January 28, 2014

In this episode of Ask Jim Hill, Len Testa and Jim Hill answer a viewer question about how Disney measures the popularity of attractions in its parks.

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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Ask Jim Hill Ep 22 – Jim Speculates About A Few Long-term WDW Plans

by on January 21, 2014

On this episode of Ask Jim Hill, Len Testa and Jim Hill go in to detail about some long-term Walt Disney World plans, such as the future of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and upcoming Disney Vacation Club resorts.

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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This Week On TouringPlans YouTube Channel: Trolleys, Riverboats, Jim Hill, and More!

by on January 17, 2014

Every Friday on the TouringPlans Blog we bring you the week’s newest videos from our YouTube channel. Let’s get started!

I review the Red Car Trolley Playset based on the fabulous Red Car Trolleys in Disney California Adventure! Is it worth the $140 price tag? Find out in my review!

Enjoy a very rare nighttime ride down Main Street USA on a horse-drawn streetcar! This only happens a couple of weeks out of the year!

More videos after the jump:

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Ask Jim Hill Ep 21 – Magic Kingdom’s Rivers Of America Rumors

by on January 14, 2014

In this week’s Ask Jim Hill, Len Testa and Jim Hill discuss rumors about Rivers of America in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Will it stay around or will its huge size be used for expansion? Find out in this week’s episode.

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