Welcome to Jim Hill Media - Entertainment News : Theme Parks Movies Television
Browse Blogs in Site Root
Blog Posts
No results could be found.
  • Jim Hill

    How is LEGOLAND becoming Florida's new must-see attraction? One brick at a time

    • 3 Comments
    Back when our grandparents used to visit the Sunshine State, there was always one place that they had to visit. And that was Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida . Started back in 1936 by Dick Pope Sr. and his wife Julie, this 170-acre park quickly became world-famous for its lush botanical gardens & elaborate water skiing shows. But with the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971, the center of gravity for Florida tourism suddenly shifted over to Orlando. And with fewer & fewer folks now...
  • Jim Hill

    Why not watch Pixar's latest short, "Radiator Springs 500 1/2," from the road this weekend with Disney Movies Anywhere?

    • 2 Comments
    Given that the Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally when Americans take their first road trip of the year, it's entirely appropriate that Disney Movies Anywhere has just rolled out a brand-new " Cars " short, "Radiator Springs 500 1/2." Copyright Disney Pixar. All rights reserved This film is the first in a brand-new series of Car Toons from Disney*Pixar, "Tales from Radiator Springs." And when I asked Rob Gibbs -- the director of "Radiator Springs 500 1/2"...
  • Jim Hill

    Teaser trailer for Disney's next animated feature, "Big Hero 6," will debut on Yahoo Movies tomorrow at 9 a.m. Pacific Time

    • 0 Comments
    So how do you follow Disney "Frozen," the top grossing animated film of all time ? That Academy Award-winning motion picture which then went on became a pop culture phenomenon ? The movie that taught people around the planet to "Let It Go" ? The quick answer is: You don't. Borrowing a page from Walt himself (i.e. " You can't top pigs with pigs "), Disney decided go in a very different direction with its "Frozen" follow-up. Which is why -- much in the...
  • Press Releases

    "Big Hero 6" - 54th Feature Film From Walt Disney Animation Studios - Makes Its Online Debut

    • 0 Comments
    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: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo,...
  • Press Releases

    Universal Orlando Announces New Vacation Package Featuring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

    • 0 Comments
    EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC... UNIVERSAL ORLANDO ANNOUNCES ALL-NEW VACATION PACKAGE FEATURING THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER - DIAGON ALLEY New Vacation Package Available Now for Travel Beginning June 29 - Giving Guests the Opportunity to Experience the Incredible New Land ORLANDO, Fla. (May 22, 2014) - Universal Orlando Resort is announcing an all-new exclusive vacation package giving guests the opportunity to enjoy this year's most anticipated theme park experience: The Wizarding World of Harry...
  • Press Releases

    Maleficent Soars In the Clouds While Stuntmen Fly Across the Battlefield in Newly Released Videos

    • 0 Comments
    "Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown...
  • Guest Writer

    Anna & Elsa will soon strap on skates as Feld Entertainment mounts a Disney's "Frozen On Ice" arena show

    • 0 Comments
    You say that you can't get enough of Anna, Elsa & Olaf ? Or you are wearing out that "Frozen" soundtrack CD on your car as the kids belt out the Academy Award-winning song "Let it Go" from the back seat? Well, that Walt Disney Animation Studios production which has the distinction of being the top grossing animated feature of all time will soon be skating into an arena in your hometown. " Frozen ," the blockbuster Disney movie about two royal sisters will soon...
  • Jim Hill

    Want to preview the original cast recording of Disney "Aladdin" ? Then head on over to EW & BuzzFeed

    • 0 Comments
    For those who are keeping tabs on these things ... Nancy and I are now in Week 1235 of dealing with the cold-that-won't-quit. So our mornings are spent snuffling. Our afternoons are spent hacking. And as for our evenings ... Well, they're mostly spent cleaning up after all of that snuffling & hacking. In the entire 55 years I've been on this planet, I've never honestly been this sick for this long. And given that all of this coughing & wheezing has completely fried my voice...
  • Roger Colton

    Disneyland Prices and the Beginning of the End?

    • 6 Comments
    Ah, yes... the inevitable annual price increases at Disneyland . As the modern era of stockholder value demands that double digit profits continue, who can be truly surprised when these come along? But, wait! There is a bit of a wrinkle this year. Those wily folks in the offices at Disney have decided to suspend the sales of the Southern California Annual Pass . Depending upon who spins the tale out here in the blogosphere on the Net, this can be read as a simple adjustment or the oncoming rush of...
  • Press Releases

    Disney•Pixar’s “Cars” Are Back in an All-New High Speed Adventure Available Only on Disney Movies Anywhere!

    • 0 Comments
    Available Free in the "Discover" Section of Disney Movies Anywhere Beginning May 20, 2014! Race into summer with the Disney Movies Anywhere premiere of Radiator Springs 500 1Ž2 . The all-new Disney•Pixar short is available for free, and is an exciting first installment in the "Tales from Radiator Springs" series. Just download Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone or iPad to watch Radiator Springs 500 1Ž2 now! Featuring Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen and directed by Rob...
  • Press Releases

    Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Offers Free Admission to Military Personnel

    • 0 Comments
    Buena Park, CA (MAY 2 014) - Knott's Berry Farm and Knott's Soak City water park are pleased to announce that they will be offering FREE admission to active and retired United States Military personnel Satur A tribute to the Knott's Berry Farm Armed Forces Program all active Military, Retired Military, Department of Defense personnel are eligible for free admission . A valid military ID must be presented to receive free admission.day through Monday of Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26)...
  • Jim Hill

    James Monroe Iglehart, the Genie from Disney's new Broadway musical version of "Aladdin," recalls the phone call that changed his life

    • 0 Comments
    2012 is not a year that James Monroe Iglehart looks back fondly upon. Mostly because he spent a lot of that year staring at his phone, waiting for it to ring. Adam Jacobs and James Monroe Inglehart in the 5th Avenue Theatre's 2011 production of Disney "Aladdin." "We had done the pilot production of 'Aladdin' in Seattle at the 5th Avenue Theatre in July of 2011. And then the powers-that-be at Disney went off to decide if they really want to bring this show to Broadway,"...
  • TRAVEL TALK

    Disney Cruise Line Returning to Hawaii, West Coast and Galveston in 2015

    • 0 Comments
    Popular destinations and home ports return for limited-time engagements CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 19, 2014) – In the fall of 2015, Disney Cruise Line is returning to popular destinations and home ports for limited-time engagements. Two Hawaii cruises, a return to the West Coast with departures from San Diego and a Galveston, Texas homecoming make up a season of special sailings. Bookings open to the public on May 21, 2014. More details on 2015 itineraries can be found on the Itineraries and Ports...
  • Press Releases

    Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras Celebration Continues This Weekend With a Performance by Cher Lloyd

    • 0 Comments
    Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration continues this Saturday night with a live performance by multi-platinum British singer-songwriter Cher Lloyd , best known for her for her smash hit "Want U Back.” Lloyd is also getting ready to release her sophomore album "Sorry I'm Late" on May 27 . Before the concert, guests can catch colorful beads by the handful during the festive Mardi Gras parade, which features 12 vibrant floats, including three new additions celebrating...
  • Jim Hill

    Disney's decades-long quest to turn "Don Quixote" into a full-length animated feature

    • 3 Comments
    " To dream the impossible dream ... " That's the first line from the hit song from " Man of La Mancha ." Which was the stage musical adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes ' seventeenth century masterpiece, " Don Quixote ." Image courtesy of S/R Laboratories Animation Art Conservation Center But in a weird sort of way, that line also describes Walt Disney Studios' attitude toward Cervantes's spoof of chivalry. You see, the Mouse tried four separate times to...
  • Press Releases

    Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" Teaser Trailer Released

    • 0 Comments
    From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team-the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten...
  • Press Releases

    "Frozen" Director / Writer Jennifer Lee Delivers Inspiring Speech to University of New Hampshire Grads

    • 0 Comments
    Jennifer Lee ’92, director/writer of the Walt Disney Animation Studios film “Frozen,” spoke at the University of New Hampshire’s 144th commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 17, 2014. Photo Credit: Mark Bolton DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire commencement speaker Jennifer Lee '92 encouraged graduates and guests to banish self-doubt during the university's 144th commencement held Saturday, May 17, 2014. More than 2,200 undergraduate and 488 graduate students...
  • Press Releases

    Whoopi Goldberg Gets Her Wish to Meet Disney Aladdin's Genie James Monroe Iglehart

    • 0 Comments
    Photo by Getty Images Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award® winner Whoopi Goldberg attended last night's performance of Broadway's new smash musical comedy Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Following the performance, Ms. Goldberg went backstage to visit with Tony nominee James Monroe Iglehart (Genie), who was near tears at meeting one of his idols, and the cast. She lavished praise on his performance, calling it, "the meaning of 'sensational!'" Photo by Getty Images...
  • Press Releases

    Toothless and the cast of 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' stop traffic on the Croisette at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

    • 0 Comments
    The Cannes crowd got up close and personal with Toothless in Cannes Photo by Nick Wall How to Train Your Dragon 2 Copyright 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. Photo by Nick Wall How to Train Your Dragon 2 Copyright 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. (L-R) America Ferrara (Astrid), Djimon Hounsou (Drago Bludvist), Toothless, Jay Baruchel (Hiccup) Photo by Nick Wall How to Train Your Dragon 2 Copyright 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. From DreamWorks...
  • Jim Hill

    Remembering "Monster Planet of Godzilla," that theme park attraction which put you toe-to-toe with the Tokyo terror

    • 0 Comments
    You know it's going to happen, don't you? Given that " Godzilla " has been projected to earn as much as $75 million over its opening weekend , you can bet that -- come Monday morning -- some theme park fan, as they're telling their friends & family about this Legendary Pictures production, will then say "Wow! Wouldn't be great if someone built a Godzilla ride?" Well, as it turns out, 20 years ago, someone did actually did build a "King of the Monsters"...
  • Press Releases

    Disney Releases First Look at Live-action "Cinderella" Coming to Theaters March 2015

    • 0 Comments
    A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, "Cinderella" brings to life the timeless images from Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. The story of "Cinderella" follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters...
  • Jim Hill

    Harry Potter cast members reunite to shoot new scenes for Universal Orlando's "Escape from Gringotts" thrill ride

    • 3 Comments
    Let's cut to the chase here: " Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts " (i.e. the feature attraction for Diagon Alley , that new Harry Potter-themed land which will be opening at Universal Studios Florida later this summer) isn't just a thrill ride. It's really " Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.1 " According to Thierry Coup , the Senior Vice President of Universal Creative (i.e., the arm of Universal Parks & Resorts that designs all of the rides...
  • Press Releases

    See Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning Discuss the World of Maleficent in Brand New Behind-the-scene Featurette

    • 0 Comments
    Like Maleficent on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyMaleficent Follow Maleficent on Twitter: @Maleficent Tweet the hashtag: #Maleficent Instagram: http://instagram.com/disneystudios Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/maleficent/ Tumblr: http://disney.tumblr.com/
  • TRAVEL TALK

    New Castaway Cay Challenge Added To 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

    • 0 Comments
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 14, 2014) - Runners taking part in the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend can add the ultimate finish to their experience - the new Disney Castaway Cay Challenge, a joint venture by run Disney and Disney Cruise Line. After competing in the 5K, 10K, half marathon and/or full marathon during the Disney Marathon Weekend (January 7-11), runners can compete Jan. 14 in the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge, a special 5K race on Disney Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line's...
  • Jim Hill

    "Once Upon a Time," Disney wasn't always so careful when it came to the licensing of the Company's characters

    • 7 Comments
    I'm sure -- by now -- that you're heard that " Once Upon a Time " teased that Elsa from Disney "Frozen" will be coming to Storybrooke for Season 4 of this hit ABC series. Copyright American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved Now some of you out there (I'm sure ) will see this as a naked cash grab. The Mouse finding yet another way to make money off of this mega-hit Walt Disney Animation Studios release. But that's really not what happened here. As...
Page 3 of 177 (4,411 items) 12345»