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  • Blog Post: Universal Studios Florida's "Jaws" attraction sails off into the sunset

    It's time to say "Good-bye" to " ... the mistake on the lake." Copyright Universal Orlando. All rights reserved That's what the skippers who worked on "Jaws" used to affectionately call this Universal Studios Florida attraction. Which will be closing later today...
  • Blog Post: Why For did Phase II of Epcot's World Showcase never get built?

    Annoyed in Anaheim writes in to say: I have to say that I was very disappointed with the Disney Parks & Resorts presentation at the D23 EXPO. They didn't announce anything significant for Walt Disney World. You'd think, given that it's been almost a quarter of a century since a new country...
  • Blog Post: How Disney's dream of building Epcot, the city, sank in Lake Buena Vista

    Deerborn Duck wrote in to ask me about Walt Disney World's real estate development arm: What you tell me about the Buena Vista Land Company? That name keeps coming up in regards to that Flamingo Crossing complex which Disney is supposed to be building out along Western Way near the State Road 429...
  • Blog Post: Why For aren't more Disney World attractions cloned for Disneyland?

    Maddy Mouse wrote in to say: I have kind of a weird question for you to answer. I notice that Walt Disney World has lots of rides, shows and attractions that the Imagineers originally designed for Disneyland . But when it comes to rides, shows and attractions that the Imagineers originally designed for...
  • Blog Post: New Disneyland parade mixes unique new look with tributes to great theme park parades of the past

    As you watch Mickey's Soundsational Parade roll through Disneyland Park , this feeling of Disney déjà-vu is bound to come over you. By that I mean: While this is obviously a brand-new parade with a look, style and sound all its own, there are just enough elements here that harken back...
  • Blog Post: How Disney World's Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue almost didn't make it

    It's the show that many Disney World employees thought would never make it through the Summer of 1974. Let alone still be going strong 37 years later. "On our opening night at Pioneer Hall, our audience consisted of six tables worth of Guests. That's one table per member of the cast,"...
  • Blog Post: You’re gonna need a bigger boat … er … theater

    I know, I know. It’s just the first week of May. But as far as Hollywood is concerned, Summer blockbuster season starts tomorrow with the release of “ Iron Man 2 .” But before the Web goes wild with predictions of how much this “ Iron Man ” sequel will earn over its opening weekend, I thought it might...
  • Blog Post: Universal Studios Hollywood freshens up for the Fall

    As far as Universal Studios Hollywood is considered, this was the Summer of the Simpsons. " The Simpsons Ride ," to be exact. Photo by Shelly Smith But now Autumn's on its way. Which typically means that this is the start of the slow season for Southern California's theme parks. A time when you push...
  • Blog Post: "I've been dealing with alien probes my whole life"

    To be onstage at the San Diego Convention Center was -- to say the least -- a somewhat surreal experience for Andy Fickman . Especially since -- not all that long ago -- Andy was a garden-variety geek himself. "For the past 10 years, I've been coming to Comic-Con ," Fickman told the 6,500 film fans assembled...
  • Blog Post: Will Liberty Square bridge repairs actually force the Mouse to reroute the Magic Kingdom's parades?

    It was supposed to be one of the more authentic touches found in the Liberty Square section of WDW 's Magic Kingdom . A recreation of Concord Bridge ... Copyright 1969 Walt Disney Productions. All Rights Reserved ... AKA the Old North Bridge. Where -- on the morning of April 19, 1775 -- 300 to 400 colonials...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Suzanne Pleshette (1937 - 2008)

    To millions of television fans, Suzanne Pleshette will always be Emily Hartley. The sarcastic but sexy bride of mild-mannered psychologist Bob Hartley on " The Bob Newhart Show ." But for Disneyana fans, Suzanne Pleshette will always be far more than that. She was Dean Jones ' love interest in a trio...
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