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  • Blog Post: Disneyland favorite Dana Daniels to appear at Wizardz Magic Theater on Monday night

    Ask any performer who ever got to see Wally Boag during their formative years. Who sat in the audience at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon and then watched as this master comedian - day in & day out - wowed the crowds at Disneyland . And they'll pretty much admit (just as Steve Martin did in his 2007...
  • Blog Post: Fear will be made real at Universal Orlando's 20th anniversary edition of Halloween Horror Nights

    Four weeks from tonight, the Universal Orlando Resort will be premiering the 20th anniversary edition of Halloween Horror Nights . "And just what should we expect as HHN reaches this special headstone ... er ... milestone?," you ask. Well, to hear show director Mike Aiello talk, the 20th anniversary...
  • Blog Post: Knott's Berry Farm rises above the competition with its new WindSeeker ride

    Southern California is an incredibly competitive market. Especially when it comes to themed entertainment. So what with the Disneyland Resort rolling out its new World of Color nighttime water spectacular this past June and Mickey's Soundsational Parade & DCA 's " The Little Mermaid...
  • Blog Post: Mickey always plans a few moves ahead when it comes to Walt Disney World

    There have been lots of looky-loos lately over that Fantasyland Forest construction fence. Which has resulted in an equally large number of theories floating around online about what's currently going on with this $300 million project. Take - for example - all that soil that's been piled up towards...
  • Blog Post: D23 staffers puts the finishing touches on Great Disney Scavenger Hunt, Destination D event

    Steven Clark was a very busy man in July. When he wasn't down in Anaheim, helping Tony Baxter dispatch StarSpeeders full of D23 Members at last month's "Star Tours Final Flight" event ... (L to R) Steven Clark and Tony Baxter actually suited up in this July 26th members-only event,...
  • Blog Post: Imagineering Field Guide goes in for a close-up on Disney's Hollywood Studios

    It's the Disney's Hollywood Studios icon that makes fan boys foam at the mouth. That 122-foot-tall Sorcerer Mickey Hat which stands of Hollywood Boulevard, blocking the view of the Chinese Theater. So if this icon is so controversial, why then did Alex Wright opt to put the Sorcerer Mickey Hat...
  • 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: NFFC / Disneyana Fan Club's annual convention mixes fun with fund-raising

    I know, I know. For the past week or so, JHM has been running a lot of Comic-Con- related stories . Talking about the various celebrities who made a special trip down to San Diego this year. Well, as it turns out, Anaheim had its own star-studded affair earlier this month. Jennifer Cody (i.e. the winner...
  • Blog Post: "Lost" opportunities or How to have an extra- "Ordinary" time at this year's Comic-Con

    With Preview Night at this year's Comic-Con just getting underway, let me offer up a quick cautionary tale to all attendees. Before Nancy and I headed out to San Diego back in 2004, we carefully went over that year's schedule. Cherry-picking all of the panels & programming events that we...
  • Blog Post: Are Disney's plans for WDW's Fantasyland Forest now being revised?

    In the months leading up to the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, whenever I spoke with Disney insiders about what the Company was going to do in response to this highly-anticipated Islands of Adventure addition, Mickey's mantra was pretty much the same: Just wait 'til you...
  • Blog Post: The animation community mourns Pres Romanillos (1963 - 2010)

    Yeah, I know. JHM has a brand-new look. It took a long time (more importantly, an awful lot of hard work by Nancy Stadler and Max Schilling) to make this happen. So if you like what you see here, you have those two to thank. And normally, I'd be posting an article here that hyped all of the site's...
  • 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: Cast of Broadway's "The Lion King" gathers together to help Shannon Tavarez

    The stage version of Disney’s “The Lion King” has been in the news a lot lately. What with Disney Theatrical making some trims to the New York production (Which is kind of ironic. Given that one of the songs that got cut – “The Morning Report” – was actually...
  • 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: Disney presents dozens of panels at this year’s Comic-Con

    Good Lord?! Is it really just 10 days ‘til Comic-Con officially gets underway? The folks at Comic-Con International have finally posted all four days of programming for this year’s event. And given the huge number of Disney-related panels that are being presented this year … Well, San Diego is the place...
  • Blog Post: Disney’s long-range plans for Mickey Mouse don’t include new shorts

    First up, I just want to let JHM readers know that – if you’re thinking about attending next Saturday’s “55 Years of Music Magic” event at the Disneyland Hotel – the deadline for this Disneyland Alumni Club shindig is rapidly approaching. You only have ‘til Sunday night to purchase tickets to this Disneyland...
  • 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: Looking back on the early, early days of the “Toy Story” franchise

    With “Toy Story 3” earning over $365 million worldwide since this Lee Unkrich film was released on June 18 th (More importantly, with the “Toy Story” franchise having produced over $8 billion in global retail sales to date), it is sometime hard to remember that – just 15 years ago – there weren’t a whole...
  • Blog Post: There’s Lotso great stories to be found in “The Art of Toy Story 3”

    If you read my March 16 th non-review of that Showest screening of “ Toy Story 3 ,” then you already know that I’m a huge fan of this Lee Unkrich film. But you know what truly impressed me about this Pixar production? That in the months leading up to the release of this acclaimed animated feature, no...
  • Blog Post: Disneyland Alumni Club presents “55 Years of Music Magic”

    You’re a Disney fan, right? So I’m guessing that I don’t really need to explain the significance of the upcoming July 17 th to you. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved Which brings me to my next question: Where are you planning on spending Disneyland ’s 55 th anniversary? Disneyland...
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