Video

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

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

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.

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!

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

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.”

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

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!

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

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!

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

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:

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

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.

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

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

This Week On TouringPlans YouTube Channel: Lion King, Monorails, Beetlejuice, and More!

by on January 10, 2014

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

Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom may be closed for the next six months, but now you can watch it any time with our video! Enjoy a full recording of the final showing.

Take a ride in the front of the Disneyland Monorail as it travels from Downtown Disney to Tomorrowland!

More videos after the jump:

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

Ask Jim Hill Ep 20 – Latest On Star Wars and Marvel In Disney Parks

by on January 7, 2014

In this episode of Ask Jim Hill, Len Testa and Jim Hill talk about the latest information about Star Wars and Marvel characters appearing in Disney theme parks.

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

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print

Universal Studios Florida’s Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue Closed for Revamping

by on January 6, 2014

Universal Beetlejuice Graveyard Review last show

James Keaton as BJ in the final performance of the current version of Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue at Universal Studios Florida (photos by Seth Kubersky)

Not every theme park attraction can be a 5-star E-ticket, but every ride and show has someone who will mourn when it’s gone — especially the cast and crew who brought it to life. Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue at Universal Studios Florida might not have a top rating in the Unofficial Guide, but has earned a special place in some guests hearts, judging by the very vocal crowd that packed the final performance on January 4, 2014. Universal Studios Florida’s Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue closed after Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. for a complete reimagining, replacing the current version of the show that has been performed since 2006.

When the Beetlejuice show reemerges later in 2014 (date unknown), it will have an all-new script and song list, along with new performers. I’m told that only two members of the current cast had their contracts renewed to perform in the new production.

Read the rest of this entry »

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Print