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  • Blog Post: How did Disneyland Cast Members learn about the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad project back in 1979?

    35 years ago today, Disneyland 's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad officially opened the public. And the very first Guests were then able to climb aboard the I.M. Brave & U.R. Daring for the "Wildest Ride in the Wilderness." Zooming along 2,780 feet of track at speeds that sometime reached...
  • Blog Post: New William Kallay book reveals "How Tron Changed Visual Effects and Disney Forever"

    It's the sci-fi cult classic that spawned a pricey sequel last year. Not to mention being the jumping-off point for a brand-new animated series which will debut on Disney XD later this year. "Tron: Uprising," which is due to debut on Disney XD later this summer. Copyright Disney Enterprises...
  • 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: Disney "Prep and Landing: Naughty vs. Nice" is that rare sequel that equals

    Over the past 50 years, there have been a number of sequels to beloved holiday specials produced (EX: Rudolph's Shiny New Year in 1976, Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July in 1979 and Frosty Returns in 1992 come immediately to mind) ... Copyright Warner Home Video. All rights reserved ....
  • Blog Post: Disney Research, Pittsburgh demonstrates tactile gaming technology at SIGGRAPH 2011

    " Reach Out. Reach Out and Touch Someone ." That was the catchphrase which Bell Telephone used back in 1979 to try & convince consumers to make more long distance phones. But someday soon, the Mouse may find itself reviving this slogan as a way to promote Surround Haptics , a next generation...
  • Blog Post: Big Thunder model makes for a fun addition to the Disneyland Hotel

    As part of this week's hit-and-run trip to Southern California, I made a special trip to the Disneyland Hotel yesterday. Just so I could then check out that replica of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad which had recently been installed in the Frontier tower lobby. Photo by Jim Hill When you're...
  • Blog Post: Was news of that "Tron 3" teaser deliberately leaked to the Web by Disney insiders?

    Have you heard about this "Tron 3" teaser that Aint It Cool News & Tron-Sector have been talking up this past weekend? As the story goes: This "Tron 3" teaser was supposedly shot back in November before " Tron: Legacy " was released to theaters, with the idea that it...
  • Blog Post: Disney’s “Prince of Persia” ends well. But is that really enough?

    All’s well that ends well. Or so says William Shakespeare and/or John Heywood . But it’s not Heywood that we’re talking about today. But – rather – Hollywood. And after having watched Disney’s “ Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ,” I’m now wondering if it’s actually okay to overlook the first 100 minutes...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: MoMA’s Tim Burton exhibition gets ready to go down under

    In response to Friday’s “ Panel discussion? Product signing? Rarities screening? Which would you choose? ” article, ToadinaWhole wrote: “Let me turn this question around you: Which would you choose?” Well, this past Friday afternoon, what Nancy and I chose to do is spend 4½ hours in the car. We traded...
  • Blog Post: John Canemaker pays tribute to a guy named Joe

    You’ve probably seen a lot of Joe Ranft -related material popping up around the Web over the past few days. John Musker ’s excellent story reel-based tribute to his old pal (who was tragically killed in an automobile accident back on August 16, 2005 ). No to mention the first installment of Leo Holzer...
  • Blog Post: The John Hughes / ABC / Walt Disney Company connection

    You'll find all sorts of tributes to the late John Hughes around the Web today. Stories where people talk about their favorite lines and/or sequences from " Sixteen Candles ," " Pretty in Pink " and " Ferris Bueller's Day Off ." But I wonder how many of these articles will bother to mention the role...
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