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  • Blog Post: October is a very knife time to visit the Disneyland Resort

    Now let me say from the very start of today's photo essay that the Security Hosts who patrol the grounds of the Disneyland Resort actively discourage people from bringing knives on property (That's why they do those bag checks at Disneyland Plaza, after all). But that said, this time of year...
  • Blog Post: Carolwood Foundation's fundraiser will reunite 5 of the 6 cars that originally made up the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad

    Yesterday's article about DCA 's entrance complex seems to have struck a nerve with JHM readers. Especially the part of that column which talked about the California Zephyr replica that sits in Sunshine Plaza. I can't tell you how many e-mails I got from rail fans who moaned about how their...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: How a Toon Elevator helped Mickey Mouse learn how to talk

    By now, you’ve no doubt seen those online videos that made many a theme park fan go gaga. Where a few lucky Guests – as they were making a stop at Mickey’s House at Disneyland earlier this week – suddenly found themselves face-to-face with a NextGen walkaround character. A Mickey Mouse who not only addressed...
  • Blog Post: D23 offers its members new benefits, additional discounts

    It’s long been said that – if you build a better mouse trap – the world will beat a path to your door. Well, as the folks in charge of D23 have learned, if you give Disneyana fans an exciting new way to celebrate the Company that (as Walt Disney once so famously said) was “ … started by a mouse,” an...
  • Blog Post: Pook-A-Looz give classic Disney characters a quirky new look

    From the people who brought you Passamaquoddy , Heffalumps and Woozles as well as Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo , now come Disney Pook-A-Looz . The official tagline for this quirky new line of plush is “Too cute for their own good.” But these classic Disney characters didn’t get that way all by themselves. They...
  • Blog Post: Electrical Parade” unplugged, sent back East as DCA preps for “Disney’s World of Color”

    It was kind of interesting hearing the reaction yesterday when Meg Crofton , president of The Walt Disney World Resort , revealed that the “ Main Street Electrical Parade ” would be returning to the Magic Kingdom this summer. When Ms. Crofton initially made this announcement at WDW’s “What’s New, What...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Disney’s working to raise Guest awareness of its “365” & “Pirate” makeovers

    When it comes to real estate & retail, there are two adages that these worlds share: “Timing is everything” and “Location, location, location.” Which brings to mind “ Studio Disney 365 ” (i.e. that tween-centric store which opened in the Disneyland Resort ’s Downtown Disney shopping district back...
  • Blog Post: Crowds come out for the NFFC-Disneyana Fan Club’s Heritage Luncheon and Show & Sale

    Light Buzzyear just sent me an e-mail that reads: I really enjoyed yesterday’s story about Dick Van Dyke and Dick Sherman making appearances at that performance of the “Mary Poppins” musical. I wish that I could do what you do. Get to see my Disney heroes in action like that. Well, if you’re serious...
  • Blog Post: Tune Tuesday: Disney to celebrate the performing arts in 2010

    If you’re a fan of The Walt Disney Company’s theatrical productions , then you should probably make a point of setting your TiVo to record Friday’s “ Live with Regis & Kelly ” (when the Las Vegas company of “ The Lion King ” will be making an appearance on that syndicated morning talk show) as well...
  • Blog Post: Let George Do It: One-time WDW busboy becomes Disneyland’s newest president

    What with that $1.1 billion worth of construction that’s currently going on at Disney’s California Adventure (not to mention that $100+ milllion redo of the Disneyland Hotel that just got underway), the next three years are going to be a particularly tough time for the Disneyland Resort . Walt Disney...
  • Blog Post: D23 EXPO presentation to reveal what Muppets have planned for 2010 & beyond

    For those of you out there who have been grousing about the Marvel acquisition deal – saying, in essence that “ … Disney’s going to ruin those characters just like they did the Muppets ” … Well, you clearly haven’t been paying attention to what Kermit & Co. have been up to this year. The Muppets...
  • Blog Post: “Mickey’s Sweatshop,” “Tink My Ride” and … “Enchanted 2” ?!

    In response to last month’s “ Is Disney / Pixar finally getting serious about ‘Monsters, Inc. 2’ “ article, PapaMelrose wrote in to say: Sometimes The Walt Disney Company registers domain names not because they ever intend on actually using them. But because they don’t want some other company or individual...
  • 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: "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...
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