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January, 2006

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    "Expedition Everest" merchandise is flying off the shelves

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    Even though the previews for DAK's new thrill ride have only just begun, some items have already out of stock at the Serka Zong Bazaar. Jim Hill breaks the bad news. WARNING! SPOILER PHOTOS DEAD AHEAD!

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    When it comes to the Disney / Pixar merger, does "Happily Ever After" come at too high a price?

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    Jim Hill examines some of the more troubling aspects of the Pixar acquisition deal. In particular the possibility that Disney may have over-paid for that animation studio. Not to mention the impact that this merger may have on the staff of WDFA...
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    Why For Returns!

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    Jim Hill answers your Disney-related questions. This time around, he talk about why it took so long to revive this JHM column, where "The Producers" appears at MGM as well as allowing us a look back at the young John Lasseter. Plus Scott Liljenquist of Mouseketrips offers up some details about the new Disney Dining Plan...
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    Could it finally be time for Disney to drop a few Stitches?

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    Has the Walt Disney Company accidentally over-exposed one of the only franchisable sets of characters that the studio has created over the past 10 years? Jim Hill gives you the lowdown on "Lilo & Stitch" 's slumping popularity...
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    Monday Mouse Watch 1

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    Jim Hill rolls out a brand-new column today. Where he'll attempt -- in a somewhat breezy manner -- to bring us all up to speed about what's been going on lately at the Mouse House. This time around, Jim talks about what's going on at WDI, seagulls at Disneyland, shipping crates at MGM as well as elephants at DAK...
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    Are you ready to face the Yeti?

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    Be warned! JHM has acquired a crystal clear photograph of the amazing Audio Animatronic figure that's prominently featured in the finale of DAK's "Expedition Everest" attraction. So if you don't won't this spectacular new thrill ride to be spoiled before its official opening in April of this year ... turn away now!...
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    Big John

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    Do you wonder what John Lasseter actually did last Wednesday as he made his way through Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Imagineering? Jim Hill fills you in on all the incredible details of his tour...
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    Long lines, breakdowns mar "Expedition Everest" cast member preview weekend

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    Jim Hill reports on DAK's newest thrill ride. Which experienced the usual sorts of glitches on Saturday & Sunday as thousands of WDW employees poured into that theme park to experience the attraction...
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    Is Steve Jobs really the right man for the job?

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    As rumors continue to swirl about how the CEO of Pixar Animation Studios may soon be taking on a very significant role at the Walt Disney Company, Jim Hill wonders: Given that Steve Jobs actually spent years trying to get rid of Pixar's animation unit, is this really the guy you want deciding what happens next at the Mouse House?...
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    Could "A (Stitch) in Time" actually revive your creativity?

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    Feeling a bit down in the dumps these days? Then why not try & raise your spirits by taking part in Terri Hardin's puppet-building workshop? Which will be held tomorrow as part of the NFFC's annual Show & Sale...
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    Back in the saddle again

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    Still a little bleary after taking nine plane rides in 10 days, Jim Hill finally sits back down at the keyboard and gets back to work. In particular talking up this year's VES Awards...
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    Annual NFFC Show & Sale gets underway this Sunday in Garden Grove

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    Looking for something fun to do this coming weekend in somewhat soggy Southern California? Then Jim Hill suggests that you head on out for the Crown Plaza Resort to check nearly 150 tables full of Disney collectibles. ...
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