Archive for July, 2013

First Guest Wins Kitchen Sink Challenge at Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel

by on July 24, 2013

Nick Ranieri became the first person ever to defeat the Kitchen Sink Challenge at Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel. The Kitchen Sink Challenge consists of eating one Kitchen Burger (fresh 10-oz. certified Angus beef patty topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, onion rings, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle horseradish aioli), a side of french fries, a fried pickle, and a slice of the Kitchen Sink cake.

KitchenSinkCAKE-v2 The Hard Rock describes the Kitchen Sink as this:

A three pound slice of cake with seven incredible layers including: brownies, peanut butter crunch, chocolate chunk cookies, cheesecake, pecan pie, devil’s food cake, vanilla chiffon cake, all covered in chocolate butter cream frosting, chocolate chips, chocolate sauce, and heath bar crunch.

The cake is served with vanilla bean ice cream, fresh strawberries and various pieces of artistic chocolate decoration on the side.  This slice of cake is truly a marvel of American ingenuity.

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AT&T to Become Official Wireless Provider of Walt Disney World and Disneyland

by on July 23, 2013

Disney and AT&T are partnering together to make AT&T the official wireless provider of both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.

This agreement will increase AT&T’s network across both the resorts, bringing upgrades through a variety of technologies. This will hopefully supplement Wi-Fi in the parks, which will be beneficial for the new My Disney Experience app.

The partnership will also bring marketing opportunities, like sponsoring events at ESPN Wide World of Sports, educating Cast Members on AT&T’s “It Can Wait” – Don’t Text and Drive program, and new mobile devices for Cast Members to help deliver their legendary guest service.

Touring Plans Podcast Network: What You May Have Missed Last Week

by on July 22, 2013

NetworkLogoSmallAs you may know by now, we have a series of wonderful podcast partners that we have organized into a lovely network, which is found over at, where you can direct download or listen on-site to any of our awesome partners. The feed is also on iTunes, Stitcher, Blubrry, and Windows Marketplace. and searching for Podcast Network will get you to it. Remember to subscribe so you get all of the amazing content as soon as it’s posted!

Here is what went on last week, just in case you missed any of the great content:

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Free “Muppet Christmas Carol” Screenings Tonight and Tomorrow for Disneyland APs

by on July 22, 2013

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As we reported last week, Disneyland's latest “Limited Time Magic” special event is a “Christmas in July” celebration that's bring a brief taste of winter to Anaheim starting today (July 22-28). Tonight and tomorrow only (July 22 & 23), Disneyland Annual Passholders can attend an exclusive free screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol in Disney California Adventure's Muppet*Vision 3-D theater.

All attendees age 3 and older must have a valid Disneyland annual pass, and entry wristbands will be distributed on a first come-first served basis starting at 3pm outside the theater. The screening begins at 8pm, and lasts about 90 minutes. Space is limited, and late arrivals will be denied entry. Season's greeting!


THE SATURDAY SIX: Top Six Reasons Hollywood Drive-In Golf is the Best Mini Golf in Orlando

by on July 20, 2013

The Saturday Six is a weekly look at the most interesting, most fun, and sometimes even the most outrageous things within the theme park world that we all love so much. Whether it’s the top six attraction queues, the top six food options at Fast Food Blvd, or even the top six signature drinks at Universal, the Saturday Six will be your personal guide to experiencing the very best Orlando has to offer.

This week’s Saturday Six looks at the Top Six Reasons Hollywood Drive-In Golf is the best miniature golf in Orlando. Fans of mini golf have a lot of great options in the vacation capital of the world, from Congo River and Pirate’s Cove to Disney’s greatly themed Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland. But in my opinion Hollywood Drive-In Golf has them all beat, and here’s why…

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Limited Time Magic for Disneyland – Celebrate Christmas in July

by on July 19, 2013

It’s time to get a little bit of early Holiday cheer!

Next week, from July 22 – 28, guests will get to experience the Holiday season a little early, at least for a limited time.

First off, guests will be able to pick up Holiday Ear Hat Ornaments at China Closet at Disneyland, at Trolley Treats at Disney California Adventure, and at World of Disney at Downtown Disney.

Looking for a holiday treat? Check out a peppermint sundae from Gibson Girl Ice Cream on Main Street, U.S.A. Or head to Jolly Holiday Bakery at Disneyland for special cupcakes, gingerbread cookies, iced peppermint mochas, and more!

Get ready to jingle all the way over to Disneyland Resort!

Limited Time Magic for Walt Disney World – Celebrate Christmas in July

by on July 19, 2013

Deck the halls with summertime fun!

From July 22 – 28, guests who visit Walt Disney World can get in on a bit of early Christmas cheer. During that week, guests can purchase a brand new ear hat ornament to take home at either the Ye Old Christmas Shop at the Magic Kingdom or the Disney Days of Christmas store at Downtown Disney.

Those who have a sweet tooth will be able to satisfy it at Tony’s Town Square with a Santa Mickey demitasse dessert. Or make sure to pick up a holiday-inspired cupcake at the Main Street Bakery. Better yet, head to the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor for gingerbread sundaes!

It’s a week filled with Holiday cheer!

This week on TouringPlans YouTube Channel: Haunted Mansion Candelabra, Little Mermaid Ride Through, new Disney Dish Podcast, Nachos and more!

by on July 19, 2013

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

Previously we reviewed the coasters and music box from the new Haunted Mansion merchandise line. This week we reviewed the candelabra!

Enjoy a ride through of The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure in glorious 1080p HD!

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CHOC Fundraiser at Disneyland Resort on July 20

by on July 19, 2013

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Do you live in the Anaheim area, and have a child (ages 5 to 15) who loves Disneyland and art? Tomorrow (Saturday, July 20, 2013) you have the opportunity to contribute to a new long-term addition to Downtown Disney while making a charitable donation to a great cause.

CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County is holding a “Paint Your Way To Miracles & Magic” event in front of Disneyland’s AMC 12 movie theater from 9am to 2pm on Saturday. Young participants (who must be accompanied by an adult) can each hand-paint a custom piece of tile, which will later be embedded in a lighted display “prominently displayed on the walkway between the Disneyland Hotel and the Downtown Disney District” where “your family and friends will be able to view the artwork any time you visit.”

Saturday’s 45-minute painting sessions start every hour on the hour, and only 32 children can be accommodated at each session. Online pre-registration is required, and each participant must make a $50 charitable donation to CHOC.


Preliminary MyMagic+ Test Observations from Walt Disney World

by on July 18, 2013

I’m heading out on a quick trip to Walt Disney World soon and, lucky me, I was randomly chosen to be a MyMagic+ tester during this visit. This is the second time I’ve been randomly selected to test aspects of Disney’s foray into full guest electronic interaction with the parks. I’ll let you know how my in-park experience goes after I’m back, but in the meantime, there are several aspects of the test set-up which bear mentioning in advance.

Here’s the invitation:

MyMagic test invite-001

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