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  • Blog Post: Wh(Yeti) For

    Photo by Robert Bish First up, TenayaGirl. writes in to say: Dear Jim: In your February 1st edition of "Why For," you talked about how bad the backside of "Expedition Everest" show building still looked. Given that I won't be able to get down to Disney World until 2007, I was wondering if you could put...
  • Blog Post: New Surrell book offers detailed look at "Pirates" origins

    It has served as the inspiration for a trio of popular motion pictures ... Photo by Jeff Lange A series of best selling toys ... and games ... Even a breakfast cereal. But how many of you remember when " Pirates of the Caribbean " was just a theme park ride? Well, Jason Surrell does. Mind you, this Imagineer...
  • Blog Post: Tidbits from Toy Fair 2006

    So you wanna know what the future really holds for Hollywood. What films are in the works for 2007 and beyond. But where exactly do you get info like that? " Variety "? " Hollywood Reporter "? Maybe ask Anthony Pellicano to do a little wiretapping for you? Nah. If you really want to tap into what Tinseltown...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Waiting on John

    It's a bad news / good news kind of day. At least for Disney World fans. The bad news is ... The future doesn't look all that rosy for two Tomorrowland attractions, "The Timekeeper" and " The Carousel of Progress ." Managers at the Magic Kingdom have reportedly told cast members at that theme park that...
  • Blog Post: "The Black Cauldron" : What went wrong

    Perhaps it was Ron Clements (I.E. The co-director of such Disney classics as " The Little Mermaid " and " Aladdin ") who put it best. When he asked about " The Black Cauldron ," Ron reportedly replied: "That film was supposed to be our 'Snow White.' But we just weren't ready for it." "Who's this 'we...
  • Blog Post: The "American Adventures" we almost got

    America, spread your golden wings Sail on freedom's wind, across the sky Great bird, with your golden dreams Flying high, flying high ... As any good Disneyana fan will tell you, those are the words to "Golden Dreams." The theme song (so to speak) of Epcot 's " American Adventure ." But what many folks...
  • Blog Post: What will 2006 bring for the now New-Year's-Eve-free Pleasure Island?

    There's one episode of " The Simpsons " that Disneyana fans dearly love. You know the one that I'm talking about: " Itchy and Scratchy Land ." That's the episode where the Simpsons vacation at a theme park that's obviously patterned after Disneyland. And -- of course -- much Mouse-based satire ensues...
  • Blog Post: Could a monster be what's needed to keep DisneyToon Studios off the chopping block?

    Tomorrow morning, all eyes will be on Gobbler's Knob . To see if Punxsutawney Phil , the world's most famous groundhog, actually sees his shadow when he emerges from his burrow. Thereby determining whether or not we're in for another six weeks of winter. Now what's kind of funny about all this is that...
  • Blog Post: Big John

    Ev'ry morning at the mine, you could see him arrive He stood 6 foot 6, weighed 245 Kinda broad at the shoulders, narrow at the hip And everybody knew you didn't give no lip to Big John. Big John Big John Big Bad John Big John Okay. I know. Not everyone who reads JHM is going to get a reference to a Jimmy...
  • Blog Post: Could it finally be time for Disney to drop a few Stitches?

    Last Wednesday, Kevin C. sent along this e-mail: Hi Jim! Long time lurker, many times reader of your columns. Love the web site. Enough with the kissing up. I live literally behind the Magic Kingdom parking lot here in Orlando. Photo by Robert Bish The last time I was in the park ... I noticed the official...
  • Blog Post: Why For Returns!

    First, Brother Bare writes in to ask: Jim: I'm glad to hear that you're soon going to be starting up your weekly "Why For" columns again. But what I don't understand is why you stopped writing that column in the first place. It was honestly my favorite feature at JHM. And I know that a lot of friends...
  • Blog Post: When it comes to the Disney / Pixar merger, does "Happily Ever After" come at too high a price?

    Well, Wall Street finally got what it wanted. The merger of Pixar Animation Studios and the Walt Disney Company. And based on what I've been reading on the Web, it would appear that virtually every Disneyana fan is now out there dancing in the street. Giddy at the possibilities of what lies ahead. Well...
  • Blog Post: Long lines, breakdowns mar "Expedition Everest" cast member preview weekend

    You think that -- with a line that extended all the way back to the Disney Vacation Club information booth in Asia -- that you'd be dealing with some extremely crabby people. But yesterday, one of the most polite, upbeat crowds in the world stood patiently in the hot sun & humidity. Waiting for their...
  • Blog Post: "Expedition Everest" merchandise is flying off the shelves

    Alright. After viewing the amazing animation of "Expedition Everest" 's Yeti in silhouette ... ... as well as having a far-too-close encounter with the enormous AA version for this fearsome creature ... How are you going to celebrate surviving your trip to DAK's Forbidden Mountain?...
  • Blog Post: Is Steve Jobs really the right man for the job?

    The Web has been awash lately with lots of rumors about a new Disney / Pixar deal. One of the more prominent stories involves Steve Jobs selling upwards of a third of his personal holdings in that animation studio to the Walt Disney Company. And -- in return for agreeing to do this -- the Mouse would...
  • Blog Post: Could "A (Stitch) in Time" actually revive your creativity?

    Composer Stephen Sondheim once wrote that "art isn't easy." But Terri Hardin doesn't believe that. Hardin, a former Disney Imagineer as well as a veteran puppeteer for the Jim Henson Company , believes that everyone is capable of creating art. The only problem is -- because of something that they were...
  • Blog Post: Annual NFFC Show & Sale gets underway this Sunday in Garden Grove

    So what's your New Year's resolution? Is it to clear up the clutter at your house by selling off that huge pile of Disney plush? Or are you finally determined to complete your collection of Disneyland collector plates? Or is it that you want to develop a hobby that really taps into your creative side...
  • Blog Post: A little holiday housekeeping

    Come tomorrow, Santa won't be the only fat man flying through the skies. Yep, just like Mr. Claus, I'll be spending most of December 24th high up in the air. Only I won't be riding in an open sleigh. I'll be soaring (in some comfort, one would hope) in an enclosed airplane. Where -- after over 12 hours...
  • Blog Post: Mountain climbers for DAK? A "Make-a-Muppet" store for MGM?

    Let's see. Disneyland has mountain climbers that regularly clamber up the sides of its 147-foot-tall version of the Matterhorn. So you don't suppose that DAK's Expedition Everest will also have its own set of alpine adventurers that will scale the slopes of this 200-foot-tall attraction? Well, based...
  • Blog Post: Could the Walt Disney Company now be setting its sights on Singapore?

    It was Merissa Marr's interview with Bob Iger back on December 5th that actually started the controversy. To be specific, it was this question by the Wall Street Journal reporter: WSJ: What are your plans for the theme parks? Are you planning to expand the existing parks? Which got this very interesting...
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