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February, 2006

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    Remembering Don Knotts (1924 - 2006)

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    Jim Hill looks back at the career of this sitcom legend who made several family comedies for Walt Disney Productions during the 1970s...
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    Wanna peek at Pixar's theme park "To Do" list? Go check out "Re-Imagineering"

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    Jim Hill directs you to a blog that's actually being run by some Pixar staffers who are actively soliciting opinions about what should be done to fix the Disney theme parks and Walt Disney Imagineering ...
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    A bad news edition of Why For

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    Jim Hill delivers somewhat depressing answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim reveals why "The Morning Report" wound up on the Special Edition "Lion King" DVD, why Innoventions has become so bland, what happens to all those articles on "Save Disney" as well as what's supposedly holding up the Disney Cruise Line's third ship...
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    Traditional animation's slow-but-steady return to Walt Disney Studios

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    Jim Hill suggests that you all keep an eye on "Enchanted." For many folks at the Mouse House now view this live action / animated romantic comic-fantasy as the vehicle that will eventually help revive traditional animation at Walt Disney Studios...
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    Veterans recognized at Magic Kingdom's flag retreat ceremony

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    In honor of Presidents Day, Jim Hill talks up a patriotic ceremony that's held most afternoons at WDW's flagship theme park ...
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    Wh(Yeti) For

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    In a special all "Expedition Everest" edition of Why For, Jim Hill answers your questions about Animal Kingdom's newest thrill ride. WARNING! This JHM article features spoiler photos. So reader beware!...
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    New Surrell book offers detailed look at "Pirates" origins

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    Jim Hill reviews Jason Surrell's latest theme park history, which offers a detailed look at how the "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction originally came together. More importantly, a glimpse at what the future of this franchise might be...
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    Tidbits from Toy Fair 2006

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    Jim Hill braved this past weekend's blizzard in NYC just to bring you an update from the American International Toy Fair. Learn what's coming from the "Toy Story and Beyond" line as well as get a glimpse of the new CG Mickey...
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    Monday Mouse Watch: Waiting on John

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    Jim Hill shares the latest scuttlebutt coming out of Walt Disney Imagineering. Where the guys at WDI figure that it will at least be another six months before John Lasseter can take a more hands-on approach toward creatively overseeing that part of the company...
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    A special "Lucky Rabbit" edition of Why For

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    Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about what reportedly really caused the Oswald acquisition deal to happen, Pleasure Island's original line-up of nightclubs and the current status of "Toy Story III" ...
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    "The Black Cauldron" : What went wrong

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    Jim Hill takes a look back at the production history of this animated feature, paying particularly close attention to the role Don Bluth may have played in sending this once promising project off track...
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    The "American Adventures" we almost got

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    Jim Hill takes a look at some of the other ideas that the Imagineers considered for EPCOT Center's U.S.A. pavilion...
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    In search of the very first Hidden Mickey

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    Jim Hill attempts to get to the bottom of this whimsical tradition at the Disney theme parks, which involves stashing Mickey-shaped objects inside of rides, shows and attractions ...
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    Indiana Jones and the Lost Expedition ... Found!

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    Jim Hill unearths the site plan for an attraction that was originally proposed for Disneyland nearly 20 years ago. One that would have combined a jeep ride, a mine car-themed roller coaster, the Jungle Cruise as well as Disneyland's own railroad into one mega-sized Indiana Jones-themed attraction ...
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about the backside of Expedition Everest, Pixar's possible impact on DCA, Pleasure Island's old "Forbidden Disney" show, how Buzz Lightyear got his voice and the DVD debut of "Dream On Silly Dreamer"...
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    What will 2006 bring for the now New-Year's-Eve-free Pleasure Island?

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    Jim Hill shares what he's been hearing about this once-wildly-popular WDW nightclub complex. Which may be in for a pretty radical makeover in the coming months...
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    Could a monster be what's needed to keep DisneyToon Studios off the chopping block?

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    Jim Hill offers a suggestion to Sharon Morrill, president of DisneyToon Studios. A way she can perhaps keep John Lasseter from closing down Disney's video premiere operation...
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