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August, 2013

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    The Big Apple celebrates the official launch of Disney Infinity in a big, big way

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    Seeing as Noe 's Disney Infinity review got such a nice reaction on Wednesday, I thought that I'd share some shots that I took while I was down in New York City last week. Mind you, I missed the official Disney Infinity launch event. Which was held in Times Square on Sunday, August 18th and was when thousands of gamers turned out ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... to try this new Disney Interactive product on for size as well as catch live performances by Disney...
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    Disney Legend Rolly Crump shares even "More Cute Stories" about Disneyland Park on his new audio CD

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    All good things come to an end. That's what they say, anyway. So last year, when I got to the end of " It's Kind of a Cute Story " ( Bamboo Forest Publishing , November 2102), I have to admit that I was somewhat depressed. Copyright Bamboo Forest Publishing. All rights reserved Don't get me wrong. It wasn't the book itself that depressed me. Rolly Crump's memoir was a thoroughly entertaining read. It's just that ... Well, just like Jeff Heimbuch (i.e., Crump's...
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    DAK's "World of AVATAR" is just one component of James Cameron & Fox Filmed Entertainment's plan to turn this film into a full-fledged franchise

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    Next month (September 20th, to be exact) will mark the two year anniversary of the announcement that " ... Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide is joining forces with visionary filmmaker James Cameron and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the world of AVATAR to life at Disney parks." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved And just in case you're wondering: September 21, 2013 marks the 2nd anniversary of the very first comment by an irate Disney fan. Who was demanding...
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    Huffington Post -- John Landis remembers "An American Werewolf in London," which will soon be recreated as a maze at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 23

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    Director John Landis clearly has a soft spot when it comes to theme parks. Want proof? Check out that "When in Hollywood, Visit Universal Studios (Ask for Babs)" card which Landis used to have tacked on to the end credits of his feature films back in the late 1970s / early 1980s. Or the fact that his 1994 film, " Beverly Hills Cop III " was actually set in and around a theme park. Or that John personally directed the "Disneyland 35th Anniversary Celebration" TV special...
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    1st beta test of MyMagic+ gets a somewhat mixed response from WDW Guests

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    So it's been a week now since the first big on-property beta test of MyMagic+ was held, where Guests staying at four different WDW resorts were given the opportunity to personalize their vacation experiences. Of course, when these people elected to be part of the MyMagic+ beta test, I don't think that they realized that " ... personalizing their vacation experiences" meant that these folks were going to get to know the Cast Members who worked at the Front Desk at their particular...
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    Huffington Post -- Will the third time be the charm for Disney's D23 EXPO?

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    Starting today, Disney fans from around the world will be pouring into the Anaheim Convention Center, eager to sample all of the wonders that the Mouse will be unveiling at this year's D23 EXPO, that trade show / Comic-Con clone that the Company presents biannually. Photo by Jim Hill "What sort of wonders?," you ask. These will range from relatively intimate, heartfelt affairs -- like that panel Disney author Dave Bossert will be hosting today at 1:30 p.m. which then pays tribute to...
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    Disneyland Resort celebrates the 50th anniversary of its cast member canoe races

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    Ever since the middle of June, they'd been coming to Disneyland Park in the dark. Photo by Jim Hill Teams of cast members representing virtually every division of The Walt Disney Company. Walt Disney Animation Studios. Disney Consumer Products. The Disney Store. ABC Television. And -- of course -- the good folks who work at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. The Animation Armada flexes its muscle in a team photo that was taken just prior to the start of Tuesday's competition...
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    World premiere of Disney "Planes" turns Hollywood Boulevard into a celebrity-filled landing strip

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    If you were driving up Hollywood Boulevard trying to make it to the TCL Chinese Theatre yesterday afternoon, you probably found that your way was blocked by a ... Photo by Shelly Valladolid Wait a minute. Is that a giant inflatable jet? Photo by Shelly Valladolid Yep. There were all sorts of untraditional aircraft coming in for a landing in front of the El Capitan Theatre last night. Photo by Jim Hill Which only made sense. Given that this Hollywood movie palace was where Walt Disney Studios decided...
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    Everything old is new again with Disney Television Animation's Mickey Mouse shorts and "Get A Horse!"

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    Have you been watching these new Mickey Mouse shorts that the folks at Disney Television Animation recently began producing? The seventh in this series -- "GASP!" --- debuted on the Disney Channel this past Friday. And while I know that there are some animation experts & Disney purists who are still taking issue with these deliberately edgy cartoons, I have to say that I've really been enjoying these. I mean, these 3 1/2 minute-long toons are fast paced. They've got a great...
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