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December, 2003

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    It's going to take more than just magic to pull off all of WDW's "Magical Gatherings" program

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    If you saw last Thursday's "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade" special on ABC, you no doubt heard (over and over and over again ...) about "Magical Gatherings" at Disney World. But here's something that you may NOT have heard: WDW's resort staff is not entirely sure that they can actually pull off this much hyped program....
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    Myth-Communication or Mything Out on the Mouse's Message

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    As we enter Week 3 of Roy Disney and Stanley Gold's campaign to oust Michael Eisner, Jim Hill wonders: Doesn't Disney's CEO realize that he's quickly emerging as the villain of this piece? And why doesn't Michael understand that the underlying messages from the very movies that Disney makes are working to unseat him?...
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, he reveals why "Aladdin"'s IMAX debut has been delayed, why "Home on the Range" is opening in April 2004, where to get a really snazzy t-shirt as well as finally announcing the winners of our "Epcot English Lesson" contest....
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    "Enchanted World" is just that

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    Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass created some of the most memorable animated Christmas specials ever to grace the small screen. Now that magic can be found between the covers of a great new book that Jim says was just made to be enjoyed during the holiday season. So as the snow is falling, microwave yourself a cup of cocoa and curl up with a new friend....
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    A Waste of "Space"

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    As the media's attention once again turns to Epcot's troubled "Mission: Space" attraction, Jim Hill reveals that -- as far back as three years ago -- Imagineering insiders knew that this Future World attraction was going to have problems. But -- despite repeated warnings from WDI about the "MS" ride system -- Disney Theme Parks and Resorts managers still insisted that this "Mission" go forward....
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    Disney Does Dean

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    Wondering what Roy Disney and Stanley Gold might be up to next? Then Jim Hill suggests that you go take a look at the playbook of Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean....
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    When it comes to Disney's CEO, denial isn't just some river in Egypt

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    As more stories leaks out about Michael Eisner's bizarre behavior over the past two weeks, Jim Hill has to ask: when is Disney's Big Cheese actually going to admit that Roy and Stanley's efforts are getting to him?...
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    Tracking down the truth about those delayed "Disney Treasures" DVDs isn't as easy as you might think

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    As promised, Jim Hill spent the weekend trying to get to the bottom of what actually happened with these delayed discs. Unfortunately, a definitive answer to this question may be months away. Jim explains why in today's column....
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    Erasing Roy: Rebuttals

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    You know, not everyone always agrees with Jim. Here's just a few of the e-mails that yesterday's article helped generate....
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    "Waking Walt": A fun read in the Michael Crichton / Jackie Collins tradition

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    Headed to the beach anytime soon (Or wish that you were)? Then Jim Hill recommends that you pick up a copy of Larry Pontuis' "Waking Walt," a fun new fantasy novel that expands on one of America's favorite urban legends....
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    Erasing Roy

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    Back in from the cold, Jim Hill serves up a hot new story about what's going on now with the Roy, Stanley and Michael situation. So what does any of this have to do with Wave 3 of the "Disney Treasures" DVD series? Read and learn....
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    Three hits and you're out?!

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    Before he heads on out to shovel the snow, Jim gives us a quick update about what's been going on at Disney Feature Animation-Florida....
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    Jim's feeling sorry for Michael Eisner?! Why For?

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    I know, I know. You were looking for a "Why For." Which (I promise) will be back up on the site next Friday. But today, Hill (before he heads off to Mousefest) explains why he's kind of feeling sorry for Disney's CEO....
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    Roy and Rudolph OR Jim Takes a Break

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    His head spinning from three straight days of covering the Roy, Stanley and Michael show, Jim decides to get out of town for a while. But -- before he does -- Mr. Hill clues you in on a great book and a fun event that's happening in NYC tonight!...
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    Are Roy and Stanley making a Rainbow Connection?

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    First Steve Jobs and John Lasseter. Now the Henson family? Jim Hill has news about who else Roy Disney and Stanley Gold have reportedly recruited to help out with their bid to oust Michael Eisner. Plus a further update on what's supposedly going on in the boardroom....
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    Storming the Magic Kingdom: Version 2.0

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    As Stanley Gold officially joins the "Oust Eisner" army, Jim Hill now turns our attention to the next significant players in this Disney boardroom drama: Steve Jobs and John Lasseter. Yep, this story's about to get REALLY interesting....
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    Did Roy jump the gun? Was there an Eisner exit strategy already in place?

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    As the news of Roy Disney's resignation letter continues to explode around the Web, Jim Hill reveals a lesser-known aspect of this story. That Disney's board of directors had allegedly already talked with Michael Eisner about his exiting the corporation. And Eisner had reportedly already agreed to vacate his CEO position by as early as September 2004!...
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