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  • Guest Writer

    Pete Docter & Jonas Rivera offers an inside look at how Pixar's latest, "Inside Out," was produced

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    It is not everyday that you get the chance to speak one-on-one with the creative minds behind what you know will be a summer blockbuster at the box office. That is exactly the opportunity that I had recently when I sat down with Disney / Pixar's Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera responsible for some of the best animation to hit the silver screen. Doctor and Rivera were in Philadelphia recently as part of their cross-country press tour talking up " Inside Out ," what they hope will be the...
  • Noe Valladolid

    Disney Infinity 3.0 showcases its design & development process at E3 2015

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    As the E3 wraps up we find ourselves exhausted yet also enthusiastic about the next year of gaming. There were many great titles announced for all of the major platforms. Several sequels, including the big names like Call of Duty, Assassins Creed and Fallout that will be fighting for game of the year honors. The front-runner seems to be Fallout 4 but the year is still young. Photo by Noe Valladolid Meanwhile over at Disney, rather Disney Interactive. the train is picking up speed. This past week...
  • Andrea Monti

    Disneyland Paris previews new "Jedi Academy" show, debuts clever reimagining of stateside Disney Parks' "Frozen" sing-along

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    For the past few years now, Disneyland Paris hasn't been so lively. At least when it comes to live stage shows. You see, of the three sit-down theatres that this Disney theme park originally opened with back in April of 1992, one -- the Fantasy Festival stage, to be specific -- was transformed into a "Meet Mickey" location three years back that's very similar in concept & layout to the one found at WDW's Magic Kingdom. As for Disneyland Paris' other two locations, Discoveryland's...
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    Countdown to Shanghai Disneyland Resort continues with the opening of the world's largest Disney Store

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    The doors to the world's largest Disney Store are open in the popular Lujiazui area of Pudong, Shanghai, China. The landmark store is the largest retail space of any Disney Store in the world rivaling even the large World of Disney stores at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort in California. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "We couldn't be more delighted to open our first Disney Store in China, in Shanghai,"...
  • Noe Valladolid

    Star Wars characters, Hulkbuster, Mulan, Mickey & Minnie to be featured in Disney Infinity 3.0

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    Disney has owned two Christmases in a row with the Infinity gaming series. Fans of Disney, Pixar and Marvel have enjoyed versions 1.0 and 2.0 on their gaming console of choice. For those that are unfamiliar with the titles they are based on collectible figures which work with a platform that connects to all of the major gaming consoles. The figures are interchangeable and the experience is only limited by the imagination of the player. That is to say that players have access to a "ToyBox"...
  • Noe Valladolid

    How does the mobile game version of Disney Tsum Tsum stack up?

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    Did you know that one of the most popular Disney games on mobile devices is also a free title? Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Disney Tsum Tsum is based on the line of plush toys that bear the same name. The bean-shaped figures have been very popular with audiences since the characters first appeared in the Japanese Disney Parks in 2013. The name Tsum Tsum translates to Stack Stack because the characters are indeed stackable. The figures sold extremely well in Japan and it...
  • Noe Valladolid

    Is a head set-free version of Virtual Reality really just over the horizon?

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    The term "Virtual Reality" has been a buzzword in pop culture for decades but accessible VR technology has always been more science fiction than science fact. Fans of entertainment are finally entering a new era. In 2014 VR technology had actually come of age. Large companies, like Google and Sony, were showing audiences what their R&D groups had been busy working on. One of the first previews of the latest VR technology happened at the Game Developers Conference in March 2014. The...
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    2015 Philadelphia Flower Show pays tribute to Disney and Pixar films

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    Lights, Cameras, Bloom! The curtain has gone up on the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show , with this year's theme "Celebrate the Movies." The glitz and glamor of Hollywood has transformed the Pennsylvania Convention Center into a studio backlot now through March 8th. Acres of gardens pay tribute to films inspired by Disney and Disney-Pixar. Make no mistake about this presentation of flowers, gardens and shrubs, oh my, it is in no way sponsored by The Walt Disney Company but rather only...
  • Guest Writer

    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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    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...
  • Noe Valladolid

    Disney Infinity 2.0 made a Marvel-ous first impression with E3 attendees

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    A year after the showcasing of Disney Infinity at E3 in Los Angeles, the parent company returned with a much stronger identity for the franchise. Disney Infinity 2.0 was an improvement in every sense of the word. The original Disney Infinity debuted in stores just before Black Friday 2013. It got the drop on the competition, most notably Activision's Skylander series. Yet Infinity was not without its faults on launch. Players reported random freezes, crashes and other glitches on the Disney online...
  • Andrea Monti

    The success of Disneyland Paris' new Ratatouille ride could hold the key to the future of this theme park

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    EuroDisney S.C.A. (i.e., the financial company behind Disneyland Resort Paris) has a lot at stake with the opening of its brand-new multimillion attraction, "Ratatouille, l'avventure totalement toque de Remy" (which -- for all of you English-speaking Disney fans out -- translates into "Remy's Totally Crazy Adventure"). It's also worth noting here that the word "toque" in French means both "crazy" but also stands for chef's hat, "the toque...
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    Anna & Elsa will soon strap on skates as Feld Entertainment mounts a Disney's "Frozen On Ice" arena show

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    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...
  • Noe Valladolid

    Gamers want to know: Why hasn't Disney Interactive produced a full version of "Wreck-It Ralph" 's Sugar Rush game yet?

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    When it comes to Disney and gaming, we here at JHM take the subjects seriously. Where entertainment and good business cross paths chances are that Disney will be at the forefront. "Iron Man 3," released by Marvel and Disney was one of the biggest films of 2013. It made $372 million in its first weekend including domestic and international ticket sales . Compare that to the weekend that Grand Theft Auto V had when it debuted. In just three days, Take-Two Interactive's crime action game...
  • Noe Valladolid

    Disney Inteactive and Harmonix have high hopes for "Fantasia: Music Evolved"

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    The Disney films are synonymous with music. Chances are most fans can remember at least one song from every animated film that they've ever seen. I shouldn't have to mention that Disney "Frozen" has been at the top of the Billboard charts over the past 13 weeks . Disney films however do not have a great track record in the video game arena, especially not titles that were predominantly music-oriented. Music is a big part of gaming. The soundtracks for some of the biggest action...
  • Noe Valladolid

    Will "Magic Castle Online: My Happy Life" make Disney Interactive a major player in the 3DS universe?

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    Disney hopes to capture lighting in a bottle twice on the same game. JHM readers may remember that the site had a short look at the Disney Japan game Magic Castle Online . The free-to-play online game featured player controlled characters interacting with Disney icons and other gamers in a persistent world that was a sort of virtual Magic Kingdom. Players could enjoy mini-games and earn virtual currency to buy or win character costumes and other prizes. The game was popular among the visitors to...
  • Guest Writer

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Disney's "Newsies" kicks off its North American tour in October of 2014

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    Disney Theatrical Productions has certainly had a busy couple of weeks. First they announce plans to transform the beloved-fairy-tale-turned-cult-classic "The Princess Bride" into a stage production . Next came word that Disney will be joining forces with Sonia Friedman Productions to produce a stage version of "Shakespeare in Love" (which will begin previews at London's Noel Coward Theatre next July). Then the new musical comedy version of Disney's "Aladdin"...
  • Andrea Monti

    Mystic Manor is an Imagineering masterpiece, a seamless blend of storytelling and state-of-the-art technology

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    "Welcome one and all to Mystic Manor !" Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved This is how Lord Henry Mystic welcomes visitors to his elegant home during the brief, slide-driven pre-show for this new Hong Kong Disneyland attraction. During which Mystic tells us a little bit about himself, his companion Albert (a monkey), his world-class collection of antiquities and artifacts (which we will soon see as we tour his mansion) as well as his latest find: a music box. Mind you...
  • Andrea Monti

    Katy Harris talks about all the hard work that went into creating Disneyland Paris' new holiday offerings

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    After beginning her theatrical career dancing in London's West End and then traveling the world, Katy Harris found herself at what was then known as EuroDisney working as a dancer at that theme park's "Beauty and the Beast" stage show. From there, Harris quickly rose through the ranks and help produce Walt Disney Studios seasonal events such as Kids Carnival and DLP's 15th anniversary "Once Upon a Dream Parade." Over the past few years, Katy has worked hand-in-hand...
  • Andrea Monti

    "Disney DREAMS celebrates Christmas" is among the great new holiday treats that Disneyland Paris is serving up for Xmas 2013

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    Jouyeux Noel a tous, Buon Natale a tutti and a Happy Christmas, everyone! This past weekend, Disneyland Paris had a media event where members of the press got to preview many of the Resort's holiday offerings. And what with this theme park's new Christmas Cavalcade, a retooled parade, an entirely-new nightly tree lighting ceremony and the DISNEY-DREAMS-celebrates-Christmas castle show, there are all sorts of seasonal surprises be found under DLP's holiday tree this year. Best of all,...
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    Disney's Wireless Band and Totally Ticklish Goofy highlight Hallmark's holiday offerings for 2013

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    "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go. Take a look in the Five and Ten, glistening once again, with candy canes and silver lanes aglow ... " It has been looking like Christmas since July at your local Hallmark Gold Crown store. This past summer just in time for Christmas in July, Hallmark rolled out their annual line of Keepsake ornaments helping not only to mark the holidays but celebrate a milestone or create a new memory. This year the Keepsake ornaments...
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    Disney sets up shop In J.C. Penney

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    Retailer J.C. Penney is hoping some of Tinker Bell 's pixie dust will attract parents and their children into its recently launched Disney shops inside some 565 stores nationwide. Penney's had been selling select Disney merchandise on its website since early September and now has cut the ribbon on Disney shops as part of its redesigned children's department. Photo by Paul Perrello There is no mistaking the Disney footprint. At the J.C. Penney store at the Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia...
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    Princess Fairytale Hall is a welcome addition to the New Fantasyland at WDW's Magic Kingdom

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    “Hear Ye! Hear Ye! By royal proclamation, the Princess Fairytale Hall at Walt Disney World ’s New Fantasyland is now open.” Photo by Paul Perrello With a bit of pomp and circumstance only fitting for royalty, guests can now pay a visit to the fairest princesses in all the land at the recently opened Fairytale Hall located in the Castle Courtyard in the center of an expanded Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom . Here you will be able to meet and greet some of your favorite...
  • Noe Valladolid

    Disney Infinity is a real game changer for the Mouse House, delivering top quality fun for gamers & non-gamers alike

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    The gamers at JimHillMedia.com -- Alice, Shelly and myself -- have spent the past few days exploring the world of Disney Infinity. This new Disney Interactive release game came out on August 18th. But the game is so robust that it deserved a few days to get an accurate sense of the entire experience. Alice, Shelly and myself had been interested in the title since John Lasseter gave the first public debut exclusively for D23 members in January. In fact we had spent time following the progress on the...
  • Noe Valladolid

    DuckTales: Remastered looks to be much more than a remake of this classic video game

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    Video game remakes are nothing new. In the history of computing there have been hundreds of remakes over the past three decades. Some of the remakes were done to be compatible with the various gaming devices, consoles and PCs. The best selling games were often ported to every imaginable device, including cell phones. Classic console games, even extremely popular ones were rarely remade. Instead publishers like Nintendo , Capcom and Sega often relied on sequels to keep a franchise going. Yet despite...
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