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Pictures and Video: Frozen Freeze the Night Dance Party at Disney California Adventure

by on December 21, 2014

You’re in Disney California Adventure, you’ve spent the day watching the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration stage show, meeting Anna and Elsa at Character Close-Up: Anna & Elsa Royal Welcome, seeing Olaf the friendly snowman, and browsing the variety of Frozen merchandise in the various shops around the resort. But now it’s nighttime, you think to yourself “How do also experience things related to Frozen after the sun is down?” Disney has your back with Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party. It’s a dance party, the fourth one in fact, to hit DCA (after Glow Fest, ElecTRONica, and Mad T Party). But this time it’s a bit more family friendly; that basically means less booze, but there’s still some booze. The show starts daily at 6 PM with an introduction from the hosts C.C. and Feren who assure you, “It’s the coolest place to be.” What else does Freeze the Night feature? Let’s take a look at the pictures and video below:

 

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One of the highlights is the Marshmallow meet and greet. He seemed to be very popular.

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Pictures and Video: Frozen’s Arendelle Castle added to Storybook Land at Disneyland

by on December 20, 2014

Breaking news: Frozen is a popular movie. I know, shocking, right? Disney has added elements from the popular film to one of the most beloved attractions in Disneyland‘s history. Luckily, it turned out really nice. I know some people are suffering from a bit of Frozen overload, but Storybook Land is an all time classic, and it’s nice to see it get a little love. Arendelle did replace the windmills from the 1937 film The Old Mill, and while it is a bummer to lose them, it at least makes the ride a little bit more relevant to younger generations. That will make the ride more popular, which will then cause more people to experience this wonderful attraction.  On to the video and pictures:

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Arendelle is immediately visible after you exit Monstro at the beginning of the ride.

More pictures after the jump:

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Video: 2014 Epcot Hanukkah Celebrations at the American Adventure

by on December 16, 2014

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Celebrate the Festival of Lights with the 2014 Epcot Hanukkah show (photos and video by Seth Kubersky)

Whether you call him St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, or Pere Noel, there are plenty of opportunites at Walt Disney World to get up close and personal with Santa Claus, especially during Epcot‘s Holidays Around The World event. I love all of the extra seasonal entertainment Epcot adds to World Showcase each year, but as a “member of the tribe” I was especially excited to see the 2014 Epcot Hanukkah celebrations at the American Adventure pavilion.

This year, Epcot’s Hanukkah entertainment includes a storytelling show about the Festival of Lights, staged outside the American Adventure pavilion. This year’s Hanukkah show features new songs, and you can get a free “gelt” chocolate coin at the end!

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Video: 2014 Epcot Kwanzaa and Morocco Holiday Celebrations

by on December 14, 2014

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Celebrate Kwanza and the holidays of Morocco at Epcot from the comfort of your couch. (Photos and video by Seth Kubersky)

Happy holidays again from Epcot’s World Showcase! During my recent visit to see this year’s Holidays Around the World events — including the Hanukkah show at the American Adventure — I also stopped to see some seasonal celebrations not devoted to Judeo-Christian holy days. As you can see from the videos below, the 2014 Epcot Kwanzaa celebrations and Moroccan holiday performances are every bit as entertaining and educational as their Christian and Jewish counterparts:

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Using an iPhone 6 Plus at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

by on November 18, 2014

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Find out how the iPhone 6 Plus holds up at WDW’s Magic Kingdom (images by Seth Kubersky)

It took nearly two months of waiting, but my precious pre-ordered iPhone 6 Plus finally arrived last week. And where was one of the first places I took it? Why, Walt Disney World, of course! When Apple’s supersized smartphone debuted back in September, this Techcrunch article on using the new “phablet” inside Disneyland caught my eye. Since theme park reporting is one of the primary reasons I upgraded my iDevice, I wanted to write this companion piece sharing my initial experiences using the iPhone 6 Plus at WDW’s Magic Kingdom.

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Yes, the iPhone 6 Plus is freaking ginormous, especially for the first few hours you hold it. Then it starts to seem normal, and your old phone begins to look puny in comparison. While riding attractions, the phone fit fine in the front pocket of my not-so-skinny jeans, and emerged again afterwards with nary a bend in sight.

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Video: 2014 Jingle Cruise at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

by on November 18, 2014

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All aboard the 2014 Jingle Cruise at WDW’s Magic Kingdom with two complete POV videos (images by Seth Kubersky)

‘Tis the season to deck the jungle with holly — and hammy jokes — as the 2014 Jingle Cruise is now underway at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Last week, the seasonal overlay to the Jungle Cruise returned for a second annual run, this time with some notable upgrades.

Last year’s inaugural Jingle Cruise was criticized for confining the custom scenery largely to the Jungle Cruise’s boathouse queue, and for some jokes that were staler than fruitcake. As you can see in the following Jingle Cruise POV videos, more holiday decor has been installed along the riverbanks, and the spiel has been adjusted appropriately to reflect the additions.

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Epcot’s Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro Full Show Video

by on November 6, 2014

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New Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro show in Epcot's Italy (photos & video by Seth Kubersky).

Welcome to Italy, fabled home of the Roman empire, pasta and pizza,…and flag tossing? Following the firing of numerous fan-favorite entertainment acts around World Showcase, Epcot has been debuting new shows, with Italy's Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro being among the most recent additions to the park's lineup. Daisy Lauren recently shared a brief preview of the show in her recent Best Week Ever, and I caught up with them during the Food and Wine Festival's final week to capture this Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro full show video:

Unfortunately, this new flag-waving act didn't fare any better in my estimation than it did in Daisy's. As a fan of drum and flag corps, I was really looking forward to this show. But while there were a few impressive tricks, overall I was deeply disappointed with this troupe's poor performance quality.

While the lead performer (who executes an amazing foot-juggling solo) was excellent, the rest of the group was sloppy, unenthusiastic, and shockingly unprofessional, chatting casually with each other during the show.

While the show I witnessed gathered and retained a slightly larger audience than when Daisy saw them, it seemed singnficantly smaller than what the Ziti Sisters used to attract. Without some serious improvements to show quality, I can't see it lasting very long.

 

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Video: Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party (Full Show)

by on November 4, 2014

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Watch the full video of Magic Kingdom’s new Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! street party (Photo & video by Seth Kubersky)

Are you ready to move, shake, dance, and/or play your way through Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom? If so, a brand-new…make that “sorta-new”…street show is ready to help you do just that. Recently, the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! mini-parade sailed off into the sunset, but its retirement was short-lived. As Daisy Lauren reported in her “Best Week Ever” column, a suspiciously similar new street party started running on October 24 under the name Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!, and we have a full video of the entire show posted below, so you can see for yourself how much has (and has not) changed since its last incarnation:

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Video: “Once Upon a Time” Nighttime Spectacular at Tokyo Disneyland

by on October 22, 2014

I was in Tokyo Disneyland last week as part of TouringPlans Everywhere and got a chance to see the new nighttime spectacular that premiered earlier this year. The show is called Once Upon a Time and uses the same projection technology seen in Celebrate the Magic at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and Disney Dreams in Disneyland Paris. Once Upon a Time is presented on to Cinderella Castle and features Mrs. Potts and Chip as they take the audience through various classic Disney animated films like Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, through newer films like Tangled and Frozen. Laser, fire and pyrotechnics also appear along with the projections on the castle. Personally I enjoyed the show quite a bit and thought each sequence was beautifully done. The show clocks in at almost 20 minutes long, so with Once Upon a Time, Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade AND fireworks the nighttime entertainment lineup at Tokyo Disneyland is sizable and impressive. But enough of what I think, take a look at our video of a full performance of the show:

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Video: Saying Farewell to DHS’s Studio Backlot Tour and Catastrophe Canyon

by on September 27, 2014

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DHS’s Studio Backlot Tour and Catastrophe Canyon is now an ex-attraction. (Photos and video by Seth Kubersky)

The operating day has just ended at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and with it the sun has set on the final day for the park’s Studio Backlot Tour and Catastrophe Canyon. The behind-the-scenes tram tour, which saw its closing day of operations today (Saturday, September 27, 2014), ended its career a pale shadow of its former self. But the tour originally served as the thesis attraction of the Disney/MGM Studios park, much as Spaceship Earth is for Epcot and Killimajaro Safaris for Animal Kingdom.

What was once a multi-part, multi-hour tour that delved into nearly every aspect of old-school movie making had long ago been whittled down to a brief special effects water tank demonstration, followed by a tram ride through the park’s mostly dormant backlot. Even so, there were still glimmers of the epic original attraction to be found along the Studio Backlot Tour, especially in its explosive Catastrophe Canyon centerpiece, which continued to wow guests right up until closing day.

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