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August, 2012

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    Remembering Circus World, the theme park that forced Disney World to step up its game in the early 1970s

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    How tall is Walt Disney World 's Space Mountain ? Seems like a relatively straight forward question, don't you think? But the way that Company officials have answered that question has changed greatly over the past 37 years. By that I mean: If you were to ask a spokesperson who works for the WDW Resort today about what the height of this Tomorrowland thrill ride is, they'd mostly likely tell you that -- were you factor in some of the spires which jut out of this immense show building...
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    I don't mean to bag on Disney's "Frankenweenie," but ...

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    This past Saturday morning after our water aerobics class (Yes, Nancy has got me exercising. With the hope that I'll eventually slim down from my current Jabba-the-Hutt-like physique to something a little ... Well, less bulky), we dropped by our local WalMart to do some grocery shopping. And as I wandered past their in-store Subway sandwich shop ... Photo by Nancy Stadler ... what to my wondering eye should appear but Frankenweenie toys! Photo by Jim Hill "Now wait a minute," I hear...
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    Goggle Man's secret identity will finally be revealed on tonight's episode of "Gravity Falls"

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    For four weeks now, Phineas & Ferb fans have been patiently waiting to learn what became of Agent P. That crime-fighting platypus who suddenly disappeared back on July 26th when " Where's Perry? Part 1 " first aired on the Disney Channel . Copyright Disney Channel. All rights reserved And while I'm pleased to hear Agent P's fate will finally be revealed tonight when "Where Perry? Part 2" premieres at 9 p.m. ET / PT ... To be honest, I consider this particular episode...
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    Would Walt's version of "The Aristocats" have been a bigger hit for Disney Studios?

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    The full-length animated features that Walt Disney Animation Studios has produced over the past 75 years can mostly be sorted into two distinctly different piles: Those films that Walt personally had a hand in and those movies which were produced after Disney passed away. Please note that I said "mostly." Because the jury's still out about which pile "The Aristocats" actually belongs in. Why For? Because prior to his death in December of 1966, Walt spent five years working...
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    "Bunheads" creator Amy Sherman-Pallidino welcomes former "Gilmore Girls" cast members to Paradise

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    This is kind of hard for a grown man to admit. But I really miss Stars Hollow. You know the place I'm talking about, right? The fictitious Connecticut town which " Gilmore Girls " was set in? Copyright Warner Bros. All rights reserved Oh, sure. We all mostly tuned in for the seven years that this comedy-drama ran on The WB & The CW to find out what would happen next to Lorelai Gilmore ( Lauren Graham ) and her daughter Rory ( Alexis Bledel ). As well as seeing if we could actually...
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    Dick Van Dyke & the Vantastix bring the crowd to their feet at D23's Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Animated Features event

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    "Did you enjoy attending the 2011 edition of the D23 EXPO ?" For a lot of Official Disney Fan Club members, the answer to that question depends largely on how early they got in line for last year's Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastix concert. If you were among the folks who got in line early-early outside of Stage 23, you had a genuinely wonderful time at this three-day-long event. On the other hand, if you were among the hundreds who wound up getting turned away that Friday night because...
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    Ron Schneider's "From Dreamer to Dreamfinder" is a hilarious & informative insider's view of the themed entertainment business

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    My apologies, folks. I know that JHM has been extremely light on content this past week or so. But I have been traveling. Dear Lord, have I been traveling. I wonder how many Frequent Flyer miles The Dreamfinder racked up while he was flying this contraption around EPCOT Center's Kodak pavilion? Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved First I flew out to LA to take part in a two day-long " Wreck-It Ralph " / " Secret of the Wings " press junket. Then it was back...
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    Tonight's "TRON: Uprising" marathon on Disney XD sets the stage for this Fall's explosive two-parter, "Scars"

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    You have to admit that it's kind of ironic that Elijah Wood has gone from playing Video Game Boy No. 1 in 1989's " Back to the Future 2 " (He's the kid who -- after being shown how the "Wild Gunman" video game is actually played -- turns to Marty McFly and whines "You mean you have to use your hands?") ... Copyright 1989 Universal Pictures. All rights reserved ... to now voicing a character who actually lives inside of a video game in Disney XD 's "...
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    Encounter Restaurant & Bar remains a Barbaraella-gant way to waste some time while passing through LAX

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    LAX 's Encounter Restaurant and Bar has encountered some pretty serious challenges over the past 15 years. Photo by Jim Hill For those of you who don't remember: When this WDI-designed restaurant and bar first opened inside of the Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport back in January of 1997, people just couldn't get enough of its retro-futuristic stylings (not to mention that California Fusion Cuisine menu which renown LA chef John Rivera Sedlar had put together for this...
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    USC's "DreamWorlds" exhibit explores DreamWorks Animation's visual development process

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    Last Tuesday morning, I spent a hour or so wandering around the campus of USC 's School of Cinematic Arts . Where -- I'm being serious here -- I actually received this celebrity-filled set of directions from an undergrad there: Photo by Jim Hill "The complex you're looking is right across from John Williams and Johnny Carson . If you see Harold Lloyd , you've gone too far." Thanks to those directions, I eventually found myself at the Steven Spielberg Building . Which --...
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    Huffington Post - Penn & Teller, Universal Orlando team up to create haunted house for Halloween Horror Nights

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    Penn & Teller, Universal Orlando team up to create haunted house for Halloween Horror Nights In the nearly 40 years that they've been working together, Penn Jillette & Teller have accomplished a great many things. Thanks to their skillful blend of cynical showmanship & macabre magic, these two have traveled the world over, had hit shows both on & off Broadway, made numerous TV & film appearances, written best-selling books as well as starring in their own long-running Las...
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    Paging John Kurkowski! You really need to claim your prize for JHM's 7th trivia contest

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    I've got a problem, folks. As you may recall, D23 -- The Official Disney Fan Club -- provided JHM with a terrific prize for this website's seventh trivia contest . Which was a pair of tickets to next weekend's Destination D event at the Disneyland Hotel , a two day-long celebration of 75 years of Disney animated features. That contest officially wrapped this past Friday. And given that we had 130 people enter, it then took me the better part of this past weekend to go through all of those...
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