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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: The Muppety makeover of Disneyland that almost happened

    Can you picture a Kermit -green version of the Matterhorn ? Or -- for that matter -- Miss Piggy standing in for that winkin' Cleopatra that you see as you float through " it's a small world " ? Or Animal filling in for one of those ne'er do-well cads who chases the wenches in "...
  • Blog Post: Why For Central Florida never actually became Hollywood East

    Earlier this week, Steve B. wrote in to ask: Dear Jim, When the Disney-MGM Studios theme park opened, it was promoted as a working studio. Both live action and animation were being produced there. There was discussion in the news about the high costs in California driving production out of that state...
  • 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: The Disney Halloween special you never got to see, Tim Burton's "Trick or Treat"

    Did you see where Walt Disney Studios put Tim Burton 's " Alice in Wonderland " back in theaters last week ? Not all over the country, mind you. But just in the LA area. With the hope that this limited engagement might then make Academy members remember this 3D blockbuster when awards season...
  • Blog Post: "Two Guys Named Joe" celebrates the creative legacy of two Disney Legends

    So why exactly should you buy " Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant & Joe Ranft " (Disney Editions, August 2010)? Because this new John Canemaker book not only does a brilliant job of paying tribute to these animation legends, this 192-page hardcover contains one...
  • Blog Post: Pixar piles on the international intrigue with “Cars 2”

    Quick question: What do you think of the “Back to the Future” sequels? Copyright 1989 Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved The reason I ask … Well, while many people consider the original “Back to the Future” to be an enormously entertaining movie, most folks don’t feel the same about “BTTF II” &...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: D23 Expo buttons & ‘bots kept the crowds coming back for more in San Diego

    So how crowded was it at this year’s Comic-Con ? So crowded that – as you walked past the Fox booth in the exhibit hall – you were halfway tempted to “borrow” Wolverine ’s adamantium claws (FYI: this wax X-Men is just one of the figures that will be on display at Madame Tussands Hollywood . Which opens...
  • Blog Post: Peter David maps out a campaign to save the Adventurers Club

    Peter David isn't exactly sure when he first discovered the Adventurers Club. "It had to be sometime in 1989 or 1990," this award-winning author remembers. "I was exploring the then-newly-opened Pleasure Island . I'd already been to a number of the other clubs on the Island. And I must have wandered...
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