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    Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet reveals the secret of running a successful amusement park

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    For Matt Ouimet , the President and CEO of Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. , a typical day at the office really is a walk in the park. Matt Ouimet at the May 2013 grand opening of GateKeeper at Cedar Point. Copyright 2014 CFEC. All rights reserved "To be honest, I don't think I'd like this job if I was forced to be cooped up in an office. When you work in the amusement park business, you have to see where things are working and you have to see where they're not," Ouimet admitted...
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    D23: The Official Disney Fan Club Celebrates 23 Issues of Disney Twenty-Three With an Around-the-world Adventure

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    READERS WILL JOURNEY TO FRANCE TO EXPERIENCE RATATOUILLE: THE ADVENTURE , JAPAN FOR A SPECIAL TREASURES OF THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES EXHIBITION, AND SAN FRANSOKYO TO EXPLORE THE NEW UNIVERSE OF BIG HERO 6 D23.com sits down for exclusive interviews with Marvel icon Stan Lee and the creators of Once Upon a Time. BURBANK, Calif. - JULY 29, 2014 - To celebrate 23 issues of its collectible publication, Disney twenty-three, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club circles the planet to experience Disney's...
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    Super Villains Come to Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)

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    Today, Disney Interactive officially announced that a trio of popular Super Villains will be entering the world of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) - Green Goblin from Spider-Man, Ronan the Accuser from Guardians of the Galaxy and the infamous Loki, God of Mischief from The Avengers. Whether it's flexing their unstoppable powers for all things evil in their respective Play Sets, the updated Toy Box 2.0, or the newly added structured Toy Box Games, these Super Villains are forces...
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    STAR WARS™ Returns to Marvel With Three Blockbuster New Comic Series

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    STAR WARS, DARTH VADER and PRINCESS LEIA Head to Marvel in 2015 New York, NY - July 28 th , 2014 - Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are extremely proud to announce the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away. Beginning in January 2015, prepare for STAR WARS by writer Jason Aaron ( Thor , Original Sin), artist John Cassaday ( Astonishing X-Men ) and colorist Laura Martin, DARTH VADER...
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    Dan Povenmire & Swampy Marsh's New Hope is that they get to make more "Phineas & Ferb Star Wars" specials for the Disney Channel

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    So just how quickly after the Disney - Lucasfilm acquisition was officially announced was tonight's "Phineas & Ferb Star Wars" special put into production? Well, to hear Dan Povenmire & Jeff "Swampy" Marsh tell the story, this affectionate-yet-hilarious show (which airs tonight at 9 p.m., 8 p.m. Central on the Disney Channel) was greenlit mere moments after this $4.06 million deal was revealed to the public back on October 30, 2012. "We were sitting in an audio...
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    So You Think Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Can't Dance? The Gag Reel Says Different

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    MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. The mind-blowing saga that began in Marvel's The Avengers continues in ABC's action-packed series, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Complete First Season . Relive All 22 Thrilling Episodes, Plus Get Level 7 Access with Newly De-Classified Bonus Features Available On Blu-ray and DVD. In Stores September 9, 2014 Bonus Features: Journey Into S.D.C.C. - Hop on the bus and share the thrill of a lifetime as the series makes its first ever appearance...
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    How Glenn Casale helped "The Little Mermaid" find her feet after this Disney stage show stumbled on Broadway

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    It took the stage version of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" quite a while to finally find its sea legs. When the original Broadway production opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater back in January of 2008, the critics were not kind. Ben Brantley of the New York Times was particularly vicious, calling "Mermaid" an " ... unfocused spectacle" which saddled its cast with " ... ungainly guess-what-I-am costumes" and then forced them to perform in front of "...
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    Comic-Con: Star Wars Rebels Panel Debuts SDCC Exclusive Clips

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    Yesterday at "The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels " at Comic-Con 2014, Dave Filoni (Executive Producer), Simon Kinberg (Executive Producer), Freddie Prinze Jr. ("Kanan"), Vanessa Marshall ("Hera"), Taylor Gray ("Ezra"), Steve Blum ("Zeb") and Tiya Sircar ("Sabine") debuted new, exclusive clips from STAR WARS REBELS... Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures...
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    Produced by Disney & Sonia Friedman Productions "Shakespear​e in Love" Opens to Critical Acclaim in London

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    Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall Director Declan Donnellan Designer Nick Ormerod Company with Tom Bateman as Will. Photo by Johan Persson - Disney ‘ « « « « « A stirring love story. Terrific jokes. A joyous celebration of theatre itself. At a time when so many stage shows are based on films, it is odd that it has taken so long for Shakespeare in Love to arrive in the West End, but boy has Lee Hall’s...
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    ALADDIN's Tony Winner James Monroe Iglehart to Co-Host ABC's "The View" Friday, July 25

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    James Monroe Iglehart , 2014 Tony Award winner for his performance as Genie in Disney's Aladdin , will co-host ABC's Emmy® Award-winning talk show "The View" on Friday, July 25, 2014. "The View" is broadcast live weekdays from New York City from 11:00am - 12:00pm ET. Copyright 2014 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved. Disney's Aladdin , the Tony Award-winning new musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, opened...
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    Ready to let go of "Let It Go" ? Disney isn't. Mouse has five year plan for "Frozen" franchise

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    You've no doubt already heard about all of the box office records that " Frozen " has broken over the past eight months (With the most recent one being the 16 weeks that this Walt Disney Animation Studios production spent as the No. 1 film in Japan. "Frozen" sold over $240 million worth of tickets in that country before it was finally knocked out of the top spot . Ironically enough by another Disney movie, " Maleficent "). But were you aware of how well the "Frozen"...
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    Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set Coming to Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)

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    BURBANK, Calif. – ( July 23, 2014 ) - Marvel’s next summer blockbuster film is coming to Disney Infinity . Today, Disney Interactive officially announced the latest Play Set for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) –Guardians of the Galaxy, inspired by the upcoming film Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy , in theaters August 1 . The Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set follows Star-Lord and his fellow Guardians as they arrive at Knowhere, having just stolen a powerful...
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    Jennette McCurdy VisitsThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort

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    © 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved. On July 21, 2014, television actress Jennette McCurdy stopped by Universal Orlando Resort to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. After enjoying some delicious Butterbeer ice-cream at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour and experiencing the brand-new attraction Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Jennette enjoyed the rest of her visit at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Jennette...
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    When it comes to creating Aquabats merch for SDCC, Toddland always goes "with the most fun & crazy idea"

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    If you're a regular reader of JHM, then you might already be familiar with The Aquabats . A band of five spandex-wearing middle-aged men who live out of a van and travel the land to fight crime, sing songs & stuff. And, if you're an Adventure Time , Yo Gabba Gabba , or just a cute-and-cool-things-in-general fan, then you're most likely already familiar with Toddland Started in 2009 by " ... a few friends that liked rad stuff, and wanted to make rad stuff to give to our friends...
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    Disney Consumer Products to Unveil New Big Hero 6 Toy Line at San Diego Comic-Con July 24-27

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    With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Big Hero 6" is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion-a robot named Baymax-and transforms the group into a band...
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    Disneytoon Studios worked closely with CalFire to make "Planes: Fire & Rescue" as authentic as possible

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    "Do your research." That is the lesson that John Lasseter -- Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney & Pixar Animation Studios -- has repeatedly drilled into the artists that he works with. That before they jump feet-first into developing a brand-new animated feature, these filmmakers must first understand the world that this movie's characters are supposed to occupy. CalFire crew members jump out of a plane as part of a training exercise. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights...
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    Adult Swim with Intel, Lexus & State Farm® Offering Free Ice Cream & VIP Access at Comic-Con® International: San Diego

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    Fan Reward Program to Include Helpful Tips, VIP Access to Panels & Events, Free Rides & Online Access to Network Panels Adult Swim fans will be in for a real treat at 2014 Comic-Con ® International: San Diego - both literally and figuratively - thanks to unique activations from its sponsors that will combine to provide the most comprehensive fan experience both on and off the convention floor. The network announced today activations with Intel, Lexus and State Farm designed to tap into...
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    Travel as Walt Disney did by taking a vintage railroad car excursion with the Private Car Service

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    How would you like a chance to enjoy a classic travel experience? Not only that, but what if it was one that Walt & Lillian Disney enjoyed on a cross-country excursion? Saturday, August 16th is the date that just such an opportunity awaits. Roger Colton of Private Car Service will be taking a select group of guests on a vintage railroad car excursion from Los Angeles to San Diego that day. The great news is that there are still some seats aboard that you can reserve. Step back to the summer of...
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    Marvel Comics Announces "Thor, God of Thunder" Series Has a New Female Hero

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    New York, NY - July 15 th , 2014 - Marvel is excited to announce an all-new era for the God of Thunder in brand new series, THOR , written by Jason Aaron ( Thor : God of Thunder , Original Sin ) complimented with art from Russell Dauterman ( Cyclops). This October, Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of Marvel's "big three" - Captain American, Iron Man and Thor - Marvel Comics will be introducing an all-new THOR, GOD OF...
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    MARVEL Announces an All-New Thundering Title on “THE VIEW” July 15th

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    New York, NY - July 14 th , 2014 - Marvel is excited to announce that on Tuesday, July 15 th , at 11AM EST, it will be announcing its latest explosive title live on the Emmy-Winning, daily talk show "The View." Tweet #theview during the live broadcast as select viewer tweets will appear live, on screen, during the show. Follow Marvel on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marvel and be sure to stop back throughout the day to see what everyone is saying about Marvel's latest news. Join Marvel...
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    Remembering Dick Jones, the humble performer who gave "Pinocchio" his voice

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    In my career as a radio reporter, I have had the opportunity to interview many fascinating people. In the past 30 years, I have talked with legislators, authors, movie directors, actors and actresses and -- yes -- even Disney Legends. Such was the case in 2009 when I had the chance to speak with Dick Jones . Now you may ask who is Dick Jones. He was a child star who had many roles in those so-called B-Westerns. But perhaps he is best known as the lead voice in a classic Disney animated movie. Dick...
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    Sony Pictures Animation Announces Stop Motion/live Action Hybrid SUPERBAGO

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    Sony Pictures Animation confirmed yesterday they are producing a new stop motion/live action hybrid feature project named SUPERBAGO. SUPERBAGO will be directed by ROBOT CHICKEN's John Harvatine and Eric Towner and produced by NAPOLEON DYNAMITE helmer Jared Hess along with Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson. The film is being written by Ricky Blitt; Jared Hess, Hubbel Palmer, and Chris Bowman. Michelle Raimo Kouyate, president of production at Sony Pictures Animation, commented: "SUPERBAGO...
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    D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration Tickets Now Available to the General Public

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    The Official Disney Fan Club Brings Roadshow Event to Burbank, San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. Guests Will Celebrate Favorite Disney Movies, Attractions, Music, Television Shows, Characters, and More. Tickets are now on sale to the general public for the D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration presented by Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection . The live event will bring Disney magic to 11 cities across the U...
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    Tom Williams, Universal Parks Chairman & CEO, reflects on the Universal Orlando Resort's magical transformation

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    With everyone else looking forward to tomorrow's grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley , it might seem kind of strange that Tom Williams -- the Chairman and CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts -- is using this exact same moment to look backwards. "But you have to understand that I was part of the opening team for Universal Studios Florida . I was here back in 1987 when this was all still snake-filled marshland. And to see what it's become -- Central Florida's...
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    Disney hopes that "7D" 's stellar voice cast will make animation fans Happy, not Grumpy

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    So when Disney Television Animation decided to build a show around the Seven Dwarfs, how did they give this new animated series its own identity? Make sure that people wouldn't confuse this program with the classic animated feature that the Dwarfs debuted in back in 1937? Well, DTA did this by giving this new Disney Junior series a somewhat edgy title, " The 7D ." They also gave the Dwarfs a bold new look & different personalities. And then -- to make sure that today's kids...
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