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  • Blog Post: Why For do the WDW monorails not make a stop at Wilderness Lodge?

    First up, Brandon S. writes in to say: Hi Jim, I love listening to the Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish podcasts with you and Len Testa . Even when you guys are touring the resorts and not just the Theme Parks its really cool to here all the stories about how things came to be. One question I always...
  • 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: How the Imagineers came to create the "Country Bear Christmas Special" show

    Back when I lived in Central Florida in the early-to-mid 1990s, one of my favorite things to do this time of year was to go into Frontierland at WDW 's Magic Kingdom and then catch a performance of "Country Bear Christmas Special." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved...
  • Blog Post: Why For did Epcot's Future World not turn out as WED had originally planned?

    Epcot Enthusiast wrote in this week to say: I saw a Tweet today that said that you and Len Testa were touring Future World and World Showcase recording stories for a new " Unofficial Guide Disney Dish with Jim Hill" podcast. Epcot is my very favorite WDW theme park. Could you please share some...
  • Blog Post: How Disney decides where to draw the line when it comes to restoring its classic films

    How does a well-intentioned restoration wind up being thought of as a desecration of a once-popular motion picture? That's what Steven Spielberg seemed to be wondering earlier this week at the 30 th anniversary screening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark." During the Q & A session following...
  • 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: 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: Cartoon Art Museum exhibition takes Berkeley Breathed fans From Bloom County to Mars

    "A good comic strip is no more eternal than a ripe melon. The ugly truth is that in most cases, comics age less gracefully than their creators." So said Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed in early 1989 when he announced that he was pulling the plug on " Bloom County ."...
  • Blog Post: Disney's "TRON: Legacy" is more visually arresting than it is entertaining

    28 years ago, the original " TRON " dazzled audiences with its cutting-edge visual effects. But then this ambitious Walt Disney Productions release kind of underwhelmed moviegoers when it came to story. So does " TRON: Legacy " correct the sins of the past? Does this Joseph Kosinski...
  • Blog Post: "TRON Betrayal" bridges the gap between Disney's 1982 original and "TRON Legacy"

    How many of you remember how the original " TRON " ended? With Tron battling the MCP (i.e. Master Control Program) ... Copyright 1982 Walt Disney Productions. All rights reserved ... and ultimately defeating it. Which then resulted in all of the MCP's extremely restrictive security measures...
  • Blog Post: "TRON: Legacy" footage screened this past Wednesday night reveals that Disney sci-fi sequel has crossover potential

    Flynnsbiggestfan writes in to say: Thanks for sharing all that great info about " Tangled ." But could you please be a bit more specific about this new Disney animated film? Maybe talk about "Tangled" songs or action sequences? Any additional information you can share would be great...
  • Blog Post: How "Something Wicked" went from being a best seller to the big screen

    You know, it's kind of appropriate that D23 and ArcLight Cinemas are kicking off their classic Disney movie series tonight with a screening of " Something Wicked This Way Comes ." Especially since this 1983 Walt Disney Productions release is being shown at the ArcLight Hollywood . "And...
  • 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: The Disneyland that You Almost Got: Big Town USA

    MonkFan wrote in to say: I really enjoyed that “ TRON attraction that Disneyland almost got ” you wrote earlier this month. So I was wondering if you have any more stories about rides & attractions that almost got built at the Parks that you could share. Maybe something about my favorite part of...
  • Blog Post: The TRON attractions that Disneyland almost got

    Now that the official trailer for “ TRON Legacy ” has popped up on the Web and Disney XD has revealed that it has a TRON animated series in the works , theme parks fans are now wondering what the Imagineers will be doing to help support what-the-Company-hopes-will-be its next big franchise. Well, before...
  • Blog Post: Flynn’s Arcade gives Comic-Con attendees a taste of “TRON: Legacy”

    FlynnLives55 writes in to say: I’ve really been enjoying your Comic-Con coverage. But why no pix of the thing that TRON fans most want to see, the inside of Flynn’s Arcade? Ask and ye shall receive. Photo by Nancy Stadler Even though I had been clued in that something special would be happening away...
  • Blog Post: Comic-Con crowds go crazy for “TRON: Legacy”

    Given the firestorm that that “TRON” test footage created at last year’s Comic-Con … Well, it only made sense that the creative team behind this highly anticipated follow-up to that landmark 1982 film would then return to San Diego to reveal even more to this year’s attendees. The only problem is … Director...
  • Blog Post: The Disneyland expansion plan that never happened

    Danni T writes in to say: You've been posting an awful lot of Disney World stories lately. Isn't it time that you wrote something about Disneyland again? Maybe do another one of those stories where you talk about rides, shows or attractions that never got built? Ask and ye shall receive. The history...
  • Blog Post: Toon Thursday: GAME OVER for TRON's first director

    It's been a week now since that "TR2N" teaser trailer ran at Comic-Con. And Disneyana & sci-fi fans are desperate for additional information about this Summer 2010 release. Well, let me share some info that I'm sure will send all of you "TRON" fanboys out there straight off the Game Grid. Guess who...
  • Blog Post: Disney screens proof-of-concept footage for "TR2N"

    Who says that Walt Disney Pictures can't keep a secret? As the "Race to Witch Mountain" panel ended yesterday at Comic-Con, 6,500 people got to their feet. As these folks made ready to head back into the San Diego Convention Center, that panel's MC hurried back onstage. Saying "Stay in your seats please...
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