Ep69: A Whole New Pass

Oct 14, 2015 | Podcast episode

In this episode: In this episode Heyzen and Mario discuss wanting to singing 'A Whole New World' with Lea Salonga. Our pal Jeff Heimbuch comes on to talk about their new site HorrorBuzz.com, we touch on the updated Annual Pass prices for Disneyland.

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We start off the episode talking about Disney Legend Lea Salonga (not Salona as the host calls her) and Brad Kane reuniting to sing A Whole New World after 23 years. Heyzen was unaware that during concerts she selects a male from the audience to sing this song with her and now he wants to sing with her. He has officially added this to his “Dream List” considering this if one of this favorite songs of ALL time.

Mario talks about how he was bothered about how they were talking about it was the “first time” since the recording of the song that the duo got together to sing this song. In the Good Morning, America video they state that it was the first time in about 23 years that they performed it together which is actually true. The performance at the Academy Awards that Mario talks about happened March 29, 1993  (approximately 4 months after the release of Aladdin) which you can see below (on a side note, how cool is it that the future Mike Wazowski introduced them?):

The Olsen Twins special for Mother’s Day aired on May 5, 1993 (about 6 months after the release of Aladdin). Here was that performance:

So what got Mario so upset? It was a “Fun fact” at this link:

http://www.mtv.com/news/2241910/aladdin-mind-blowing-facts/

See the red area in the image below:

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 Anyhow, if you are going to purchase the new Diamond Edition of the Aladdin we would love it if you click on our Amazon link to purchase it so that we get a ‘thank you’ commission from Amazon to help support the podcast. 🙂

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HorrorBuzz.com  is the website that we talk to our buddy Jeff Heimbuch about. They cover all sorts of different spooky things. Their ‘About Us’ section states the following:

Scares aren’t just for the sick and twisted. Spooky isn’t just for kids.

HorrorBuzz is a website that delivers all flavors of horror to everyone.

Centered in Los Angeles, California, HorrorBuzz is the one stop for movies, theme park haunts, independent haunts, books, television, games, and the paranormal.  We believe that scares shouldn’t be contained to Halloween, but should live all year long.

HorrorBuzz is a new and exciting concept in Horror and Halloween entertainment. Reaching a broad market, HorrorBuzz aims to accommodate the entire spectrum of scary tastes throughout the year by offering information on spooky happenings for families, as well as the extreme for the more intense tastes of the seasoned aficionado of  gore. We aim to deliver the best and most reliable repository of horror for everyone.

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If you’re a fan of Halloween in general, we recommend checking them out. The link below will take you to their YouTube channel where you can see a sample of some of the haunts that they’ve covered: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVPaA3rJZjV_yHe-nGSUuIQ

Are you into these mazes or haunts? Leave a comment below if about your experience.

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For the second time in the last year, the prices for annual passes has gone up. We posted the following image on our Instagram the day that the announcement was made by Disney:

The biggest difference between the Signature and the Signature + is not just the $200 difference but also that you get 2 extra weeks at the end of the year. The Signature does not allow you entry to the park the last 2 weeks of December. Below is a price/benefit breakdown of all the available passes:

Disneyland Annual Pass Price/Benfits Breakdown

Click on the image for a larger view.

Considering the price jump and that the Premium allowed access all year, what are your thoughts on this? Leave your comment below.

This episode contains music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). The songs Not As It Seems, Carefree and Ghost Story are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).

 

Until next time! °o°

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2 Comments

  1. Justin

    I’m disappointed about the recent price hike. I’ve officially been priced out of the 365 day pass. Unless of course I decide to not renew my Dodgers mini plan (NEVER!) or Find something I can magically cut from my budget. My wife and I have decided to drop down to the lowest pass available. If we can’t go every day we might as well save some money. Losing those spur of the moment “Should we go to Disneyland?” trips is a bummer.

    The fact that the prices went way up wasn’t the part that bothered me the most. My 1st A.P. was in 2005 and I remember paying about $350. I skipped the next year but came back in 2007 and it was still under $400. ($380 or $390 I think) I’ve renewed every year since. The price went up every year by about $20. I didn’t like it but it wasn’t horrible. When the DCA expansion was finished and the park reopened we had a big price jump. My pass went from $500 to $650. I didn’t like it but we did get Cars land, Buena Vista Street, etc. and we could experience what we were paying more for. We didn’t get charged $200 more in 2007 because great things were announced and would be coming in the next 5 years.

    The timing was also pretty bad. We get an announcement saying the rivers of America and the railroad would be closed for a year. Right after that we get a 30% increase on our passes for next year.

    I love Disneyland in a way most people I know can’t understand. I love going and don’t mind minor price jumps because the park is always clean and the rides are (almost) always running. They constantly go back and take care of EVERY attraction so things don’t look run down. I understand $80 a month is still great for the value considering we go about twice a month but since 2012 we haven’t seen a new ride. I love the fireworks and paint the night but find myself avoiding them now to go around the congestion that starts at about 6:30 every night. The hatbox ghost and new Matterhorn improvements are amazing but don’t give guests anywhere new to go. They aren’t rides people have been skipping. They’re fan favorites. If Disney really wants to get crowds under control they need some people eating attractions. The Little Mermaid does a great job of this at DCA. Zero loading time and we can keep riding to see new details. Disneyland needs a couple of those types but they don’t seem to be on the agenda so I don’t buy it when people say they are thinning the crowds. I’ll still be there a whole lot.

    Unfortunately I can’t justify $600 more a year (we have a 3 year old son) to go during the summer and Christmas and I know by the time Star Wars land opens we will be looking at (about) $1500 a year for passes. By then we will have to pay for 4 and it just won’t be possible for us.

    If you guys disagree with me or have anything to add I would love to read or hear.

    I know this was long so thanks for reading. Keep up the great work.

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    • Heyzen

      Justin,

      Thank you for your message! We completely understand what you’re talking about. Your comment about not having new attractions is very true. Closing the railroad is a big blow for us because we would use it to get to the back of the park and work our way out to avoid some of the crowds and vise-versa at the end of the day. Hopefully the opening of Super Hero HQ in the old Innoventions building will help people have something new to do.

      We think our passes will be scattered throughout the tiers next year and going forward. I tend to go more for the events, signings, etc. So I *may* get the Signature (mainly because it makes sense). The extra money for the Plus version is not because I personally don’t go the last two weeks of the year. As a family of four, it does make it difficult to pay Signature for everyone *especially* since our kids are so short they can’t ride things we may want to ride (which does limit our experience as well). We’ll probably adopt the mentality that Mario is (and many of our friends are) adopting and that is to just pay booth price on the day/s we want to go together for the blocked out passes and we’ll still save money.

      Thanks again for the comments!

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