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  • Blog Post: Times Square Disney Store gives its first floor a magical makeover

    The Times They Are A-Changin' -- Bob Dylan And - by "Times" - I mean the Times Square Disney Store . Which - just this morning - re-opens for business after its first floor sales area received a pretty significant makeover. For those of you who can't quite recall what the first floor...
  • Blog Post: TCM celebrates Disney live-action with movie marathon, 2011 film festival

    So what exactly is the deal with Boxing Day ? How did December 26 th wind up with this particular moniker? Well, in the U.K., the name supposedly dates back to the tradition of Victorian tradesmen receiving "Christmas boxes" and/or gifts on the day after Christmas in return for goods &...
  • Blog Post: Sneaking a peek at theme parks that might have been

    Alias273 writes to say: Movieline is reporting that Pixar has a direct-to-video sequel to “Cars” n the works . Is this true? Yep. I actually heard this “Cars” spin-off three or four months back. But my source on this story then swore me to secrecy. Saying – in essence –...
  • Blog Post: Disney’s “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” serves up some solid summer fun

    Like the very best bits of magic, “ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice ” employs a certain amount of misdirection. Jay Baruchel in Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." Copyright 2009 Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc. All rights reserved Take – for...
  • Blog Post: How Disney conjured up a live-action version of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"

    The tale of the Sorcerer's Apprentice and The Walt Disney Company have been intertwined ever since Walt Disney invited famed conductor Leopold Stokowski to come join him for dinner at Chasen's . Which is where the old Mousetro supposedly asked the Maestro if he'd be interested in working with Disney...
  • Blog Post: “Camp Rock 2” will promote “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure,” which will then promote …

    So what’s the most important aspect of the Disney Channel ’s ambitious promotional plan for “ Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam ” ? Was it Demi Lovato & the Jonas Brothers ’ appearance on “ Good Morning America ” last month, where these tween favorites announced that tickets for the “ Jonas Brothers 2010...
  • Blog Post: Why For did Disney wind up giving Maleficent the bird

    Trina P. wrote in to say: Thanks for sharing those pictures from the Tim Burton exhibition at the MoMA . I’m a huge Burton fan and had wanted to get down to NYC while that exhibit was there, but never found the time. I noticed that you had a lot of pictures from Tim Burton movies that never got made...
  • 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: Panel discussion? Product signing? Rarities screening? Which would you choose?

    Do you remember that moment in Epcot ’s “ Journey into Imagination with Figment ” ride when Dr. Nigel Channing realizes that “ … Imagination works best when it’s set free” ? And then suddenly you’re surrounded by multiple versions of Figment? Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved Well...
  • Blog Post: Tune Thursday: How “A Change in Me” wound up being added to Broadway’s “Beauty & the Beast”

    You’re familiar with the phrase “wine, women and song,” right? Well, did you know that there’s actually an element of math involved with this particular phrase? As in: If you drink a little too much wine, you might wind up owing a woman a song? According to Robert Jess Roth , the original director of...
  • Blog Post: New viral video, Henson stage show as well as traveling exhibit make for a very Muppety Easter

    When most folks think of the Muppets these days, they think of these sweet, whimsical characters doing cute & gentle things. But what a lot of people forget about Jim Henson is that he had this pretty dark sense of humor. Which is why – back in the day – in order to get a laugh, many Muppet characters...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: D23’s Steven Clark looks ahead to 2011 and beyond

    On the heels of last week’s news that there would be no D23 EXPO in 2010 – but, rather DESTINATION D , a history-based event that celebrates Disneyland ’s 55 th anniversary – I reached out to Steven Clark, the Head of the Official Community for Disney Fans . And – as usual – Steven was forthcoming. ...
  • Blog Post: Toy Tuesday: Donny Osmond introduces Dance Star Mickey

    So how long has Donny Osmond been closely associated with The Walt Disney Company? "About 200 or 300 years," this pop icon joked as he made an appearance yesterday in the Mattel showroom at the American International Toy Fair . Which isn't entirely true. I mean, Donny's brothers did get their big break...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch : Never mind "Leggo my Eggo." Check out this LEGO John Lasseter

    With its turn-of-the-century architecture, Gotham Hall has long prided itself on being that spot in New York City “ … where style meets sophistication.” Well, yesterday morning, all of that style & sophistication gave way to silliness. As Disney Consumer Products turned this seven-story-tall gilded...
  • Blog Post: Why For is “Captain EO” really returning to Disneyland Park?

    First up, RedRyderBB writes in to say: Disneyland can’t be serious about bringing back “Captain EO.” I saw that 3D movie when it first opened in 1987 and once was really enough. “EO” was just a glorified music video. And even MTV doesn’t show music videos anymore. So what’s the point of bringing “Captain...
  • Blog Post: Tube Tuesday: Xmas marks the spot for the Muppets in 2009

    Thanksgiving is traditionally a time when we reconnect with friends & family. And this year, The Walt Disney Company must be feeling especially thankful for the way the public passionately re-embraced the Muppets last week. I mean, who would have thought that a viral video (which was shot on the...
  • Blog Post: Tourists mob Muppets & Mouse shops, snatch up last “Mermaid” tickets

    According to the good folks at Gallup , consumer confidence is on the rise . At the very least, there’s been a sharp albeit seasonal increase in spending over the past two weeks. Of course, anyone who wandered through FAO Schwartz yesterday could have told that you spending was up. Based on the tons...
  • Blog Post: Is Disney looking to trade its 5th Avenue store in for a brand-new retail location down on Times Square?

    As you might expect, NYC's World of Disney is currently all tricked out for trick-or-treat time. Photo by Jim Hill And as you wander all three floors of this 5th Avenue store, you'll find all sorts of Halloween-related materials. From 15th anniversary " Nightmare Before Christmas " merch ... Photo by...
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