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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!

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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!

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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.

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This Week On TouringPlans YouTube Channel: Christmas Fantasy Parade, Newsboys, Hillbillies and More!

by on December 20, 2013

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

One of the most popular holiday offerings in Disneyland is A Christmas Fantasy Parade. The parade has been around since 1994, and most of my favorite characters (Scrooge McDuck, Roger Rabbit, and Mulan) have been removed, but overall it’s still a great parade. Enjoy this full HD recording.

Heading over to Disney California Adventure, one of the highlights of the holiday celebrations in that park is the tree lighting ceremony on Buena Vista Street. The small show features the Citizens of Buena Vista Street, Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers, Mickey, and Pluto.

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Ask Jim Hill Ep 19 – Disney Theme Park Memorabilia Part 3

by on December 17, 2013

Part 3 of a 3-part special edition of Ask Jim Hill! Join Len Testa and Jim Hill as they discuss various pieces of Disney theme park memorabilia. In this episode, Len and Jim take a look at memorabilia and share stories about Fantasmic!, Disney Pogs, Videopolis, and more! Enjoy this mega-sized 17 minute episode!

Tomorrow we will be recording a new batch of Ask Jim Hill episodes! Submit your questions to AskJimHill@TouringPlans.com and the guys will answer them on YouTube!

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

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This Week On TouringPlans YouTube Channel: Peter Pan, The Land, Tonga Toast and More!

by on December 13, 2013

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

This week we have two new HD ride through videos to share with you: Living with the Land from Epcot in Walt Disney World, and the classic Disneyland dark ride Peter Pan’s Flight.

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Ask Jim Hill Ep 18 – Disney Theme Park Memorabilia Part 2

by on December 10, 2013

Part 2 of a 3-part special edition of Ask Jim Hill! Join Len Testa and Jim Hill as they discuss various pieces of Disney theme park memorabilia. In this episode, Len Testa and Jim Hill take a look at memorabilia and share stories about from Main Street Electrical Parade and Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Play It!

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Ask Jim Hill Ep 17 – Disney Theme Park Memorabilia Part 1

by on December 3, 2013

Join Len Testa and Jim Hill as they discus various pieces of Disney theme park memorabilia. It’s part 1 of a 3-part special edition of Ask Jim Hill! In this episode the guys discuss memorabilia related to the infamous Walt Disney World birthday cake castle, early artwork and plans for Disney California Adventure, and more!

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Ask Jim Hill Ep 16 – What Is Disney’s Justification For Next Gen?

by on November 26, 2013

Jim answers a viewer question about Disney’s justification for investing, designing, and implementing “Next Gen.” Hotel bookings? Crowd control? Find out what Jim thinks on this week’s episode.

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

If you would like to download an audio version of Ask Jim Hill, Episodes 1 – 9 are now available on iTunes.

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2014 THEA Awards announced for Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room and other Disney Attractions

by on November 26, 2013

Disneyland 2014 THEA awards enchanted tiki room

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On Tuesday, November 19, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced the recipients of its 2014 THEA Awards, which honor the best achievements in amusements and attractions, at the annual IAAPA convention in Orlando. Several notable Disney attractions were singled out for recognition.

The THEA Classic award will go to Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Also honored were Enchanted Tales with Belle at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland.

Watch the entire 2014 THEA awards announcement from the floor of IAAPA in the following video. Awards will be officially handed out at the annual THEA awards dinner at the Disneyland Hotel on April 5, 2014.

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