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  • Blog Post: Coaster Corner: Tomorrowland favorite gets a warp speed makeover

    It’s been the smash hit of this year’s Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort . That Ghost Galaxy-themed redo of Space Mountain . During which Tomorrowland visitors have a far-too-close encounter with an angry spectre from outer space. Disneyland Guests have just been marveling at some of the effects...
  • Blog Post: You don’t know Jack about Disneyland’s “Halloween Screams - A Villainous Surprise in the Skies"

    Boys and girls of every age, Wouldn’t you like to see something strange … Like – say – Zero flying over Sleeping Beauty Castle . Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer. Copyright 2009 Disney. All Rights Reserved Or – better yet -- a 20-foot tall magical orb that rises 45 feet in the air behind the Castle. Which then...
  • Blog Post: The Muppets lead the way with Disney Parks & Resorts' new "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" promotion

    Because Kermit the Frog helps hammer together the framing for a new Habitat for Humanity house, he gets to take his little nephew Robin off to Disneyland to experience “ Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride .” And because Miss Piggy muscles some plywood into place at this very same construction site, she then gets a...
  • Blog Post: Cars Land construction continues, Golden Vine Winery to close in January

    Greetings from the 11 th floor of the Sheraton right across the Disneyland Resort. Which offers this view of Disney’s California Adventure. Photo by Angela Ragno Yep, the hotel room that Angela & I have been using as our base of operations at the D23 EXPO features a primo view of all 10 acres of...
  • Blog Post: Pins & mini-posters await “Walt & El Grupo” fans in Anaheim, NYC & LA

    It all started with a shoebox. To be specific, a shoebox full of old travel photos from the 1940s. “I was talking with Diane Disney Miller ,” Ted Thomas remembered. “And she told me that J.B. Kaufman – while he was doing research for this book that J.B. was writing about those Good Neighbor films that...
  • Blog Post: It's time to cash in those Disney Dollars. D23 Expo tickets go on sale today

    Look at this trove, Treasures untold How many wonders can one cavern hold? Well, the Anaheim Convention Center is pretty cavernous. It has 813,000 square feet of exhibit space, to be exact. Plus 51 different meeting rooms. And did I mention those 7,500 seats in the Anaheim Arena? "So why should I care...
  • Blog Post: Disney hopes that our next Commander-in-Chief can inspire some consumer confidence

    It all comes down to what happens tomorrow night. More importantly, Wednesday morning. As in: Who winds up in the White House and how Wall Street & consumers then react to this news. That's what I've repeatedly been told by Mouse House personnel. That the Walt Disney Company wants to see who wins...
  • Blog Post: How sometimes being in the wrong place is the right thing to do

    BoagaloonsFanNo1 writes in to say: I just found this great set of clips from Wally Boag 's appearance on the Muppets Show over on YouTube . And since you're such a huge Disney / Muppets fan, I was wondering if you knew anything about how Wally got hired to appear on that show. You're in luck, BoagaloonsFanNo1...
  • Blog Post: Is everything on display in DCA's "Blue Sky Cellar" actually going to get built? Maybe. Maybe not

    Anne L. writes in to ask: "This past week, I couldn't help but notice that -- out of all the major Disneyana sites on the Web -- JHM is the only one that hasn't mentioned DCA 's Blue Sky Cellar yet. Why is that?" To be honest, Anne, you kind of answered your own question. Given that everyone else out...
  • Blog Post: "High School Musical 5 & 6" ?! "Beauty & the Beast" headed back to Broadway ?!

    So -- in the weeks & months ahead -- we've got " My School Musical " on the Disney Channel , " High School Musical: Get in the Picture " on ABC as well as the theatrical release of " High School Musical 3 ." But how far exactly is the Walt Disney Company planning on stretching the "High School Musical...
  • Blog Post: Does WDI plan on gagging our next Commander-in-Chief as part of the 2009 redo of WDW's "Hall of Presidents" ?

    While some of us are obsessing about the impact that today's primaries may have on the upcoming presidential race ... The Imagineers are already looking ahead. Nine months ahead, to be exact. To that period immediately after the U.S. has selected its next Commander-in-Chief. Which means that it will...
  • Blog Post: Disney testing new ways to slow down FastPass counterfeiters

    The next time you use as a FastPass at a Disney theme park, pay close attention to what the cast member does once you walk up to that FastPass Return entrance. After you hand over your ticket, do they quickly run their finger along the top of that FastPass before then allowing you to enter that ride...
  • Blog Post: What a doll ! Remembering Joyce Carlson (1923 - 2008)

    The world got a little smaller this past Tuesday with the passing of Disney Legend Joyce Carlson . And -- no -- I'm not just saying that because this veteran Imagineer worked on six different versions of "it's a small world." With Joyce not only helping to create the original version of this much beloved...
  • Blog Post: A PC Haunted Mansion ?! Now that's scary

    Forget about "Grim Grinning Ghosts." Get ready for "Prim, we-don't-mean-to-offend-anyone Ghosts." That's the word coming out of Glendale these days. Reportedly in response to guest complaints about goofy but ghoulish lines like "Drag your wretched bodies to the dead center of the room," the Imagineers...
  • Blog Post: A meet the author / artist / filmmaker edition of Where For

    Are you a Disneyana enthusiast who likes to collect the signatures of your favorite authors, artists and/or filmmakers? Well, have I got good news for you? Over the next eight days, there's going to be a variety of events held all over the country that will give you the chance to get up-close-and-personal...
  • Blog Post: Instead of a Why For this week, how about a Where For ?

    Natalie Dressed writes in to say: Thanks for plugging ASIFA-Hollywood 's upcoming screening of " Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure ." That was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid. And if I actually lived out in LA, I would definitely have made the trip over to the American Film Institute...
  • Blog Post: Planning on dining at any of WDW's buffets during the coming holiday season ? Then Ho-ho-ho ! Get ready to give Mickey more of your dough

    It has not been a fun week for Disneyana fans who enjoy putting on the feed bag. First came word out of Anaheim that because some portly passengers have been causing "The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed" (i.e. Disneyland 's " it's a small world " attraction) to regularly run aground, the Imagineers...
  • Blog Post: WDI's X-Scream Makeover of WDW's Haunted Mansion: Part 4

    Picking up where we left off ... By now, I'm sure that you've all heard about the neat effect that's just been installed in Walt Disney World 's version of the The Haunted Mansion . Where Madam Leota's head now magically floats above the table, calling " ... in the spirits, wherever they're at." Of course...
  • Blog Post: A special "How suite it is !" edition of Why For

    First up, Courtney writes in to say: Over at wdwnewstoday.com , there was a big announcement about a Little Mermaid ride in Anaheim. They also said that one would be coming soon to the World. Jim, does this announcement hold water? Dear Courtney -- Ah, yes. The billion-dollar-makeover-of-DCA story. Yeah...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday : Mary in the morning, Ellenshaw in the afternoon

    When people talk about upcoming Disney-related events, you tend to hear the same three names over and over again: Anaheim, Burbank, Orlando. Which is great ... if you happen to actually live near Anaheim, Burbank or Orlando. But as for the rest of us ... Getting a dose of Disney magic usually involves...
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