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  • Blog Post: "Mary Poppins" musical to tour? "Green Hornet" movie on the way?

    Well, I'm just back from the airport. Where I put Alice and my former mother-in-law, Nancy Smith, on their early morning flight back to Honolulu. I had a great two weeks with my daughter. The time really flew by. (Though, I would imagine that the JHM readers who have been patiently waiting for me to...
  • Blog Post: Get ready for the Disneyland Marathon!

    Okay. The cupcakes have all been consumed. The limited edition t-shirts & pins have all been purchased. Those special July 17th edition mouse ears and guide maps are already popping up on eBay. So it's now time to stick a fork in Disneyland's 50th anniversary. Because this once-in-a-lifetime celebration...
  • Blog Post: Anaheim Update: Wide Awake next to "Golden Dreams" (Now with pictures!)

    It's just after 5 a.m. out in Southern California. But already the line of annual passholders -- anxious to get into Disneyland's 50th birthday celebration today -- is wrapping itself around DCA's interior. Photo by Jeff Lange To hear Roy Mitchell tell the tale: "The line begins in the Hollywood Pictures...
  • Blog Post: Anaheim Update: Climax at the Castle (Now with pictures!)

    Roy continues: It all came down to this. Hundreds of Disneyana fans -- many of whom had paid top dollar (via the Walt, Roy & Lily packages) for the privilege of sitting down front by Sleeping Beauty Castle -- looked on as Disneyland's 50th anniversary rededication ceremony got underway. First up...
  • Blog Post: Anaheim Update: Hangin' at the Hub (Now with pictures!)

    Roy continues: Okay. The line finally begins to move in DCA. We basically walk around California Adventure's interior before we stroll out of that park straight out into the Esplanade. Here, the entire plaza is roped off. Which gives us a clear shot straight into Disneyland. Photo by Jeff Lange FYI:...
  • Blog Post: Coming soon ... Killer coverage of this week's events out west

    I know, I know. We've been running fairly thin on content at JHM this week. For that I apologize, folks. But -- what with Roger Colton, Jeff Lange & Angela Ragno all out west covering various aspects of this year's N.F.F.C. convention, Disneyland's 50th birthday celebration and Comic Con International...
  • Blog Post: "Camp" offers intriguing Eisner insights

    Who exactly is Michael D. Eisner? I know, I know. Eisner is stepping down as the Walt Disney Company's CEO as of September 30th. So Michael is basically considered old news these days. Which is why Disneyana fans find it far more entertaining to speculate nowadays about what Bob Iger might do once he...
  • Blog Post: Ploy Story

    Q: When is a lawsuit not really a lawsuit? A: When it's something that you file with a deliberate eye toward what you'll get in exchange for eventually agreeing to withdraw that same lawsuit. Friday's announcement -- which revealed that Roy Disney & Stanley Gold were abandoning their 20-month-long...
  • Blog Post: Westward ... No

    I've been getting a lot of e-mails lately from JHM readers. Notes from nice people who are wondering if I'd be able to meet with them on July 17th at the park and/or if I'll be selling my unofficial Disneyland history CD at this year's "Show & Sale" day at the N.F.F.C. convention and/or what seminars...
  • Blog Post: By George! The "Star Tours" Saga: Episode Three

    As I expected, there are already Disneyana fans out there who are taking issue with the version of Disney Company history that I've been trying to present as part of this new JHM series. Typical of the notes I've been getting is this e-mail from Cherry C. Who writes to say: Card Walker wouldn't greenlight...
  • Blog Post: Will "Movin' Out" actually being moving out to make room for Disney's "Tarzan"?

    Okay. You probably have already heard that the news about how Disney Theatrical plans on bringing "Tarzan" to Broadway next season. But the big question is: Where? As of yesterday, this production -- which is to be directed & designed by Bob Crowley (the same gentleman who directed & designed...
  • Blog Post: Disney to release a 3D version of "Chicken Little" to theaters

    Hey, gang -- Jim Hill here. Now normally we don't run press releases here at JHM. But this particular press release ... Well, it heralds a pretty significant change in the way Walt Disney Studios will be presenting its animated films from here on. So I thought you folks would want to hear about it ASAP...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Paul Winchell (1922-2005)

    Sometimes I wonder if it's better not to know too much about your favorite performers. By that I mean: Over the last day or so, the Web has been awash with stories about Paul Winchell -- who sadly passed away this past Friday at the age of 82. And virtually all of these articles have talked about what...
  • Blog Post: Getting Ready to Hit the "Reset" Button

    Okay, where the hell is Hill? I've been coming to JHM for the past four days, looking for the last few installments of his "Star Tours" series. Only to find that JimHillMedia.com has become a Jim-free zone. So okay, Roy. Tell the truth. You've got Hill locked in a closet somewhere, right? And you're...
  • Blog Post: The "Star Tours" Saga continues: Let George do it

    So it was official. The Imagineers and George Lucas were going to combine their talents to create some sort of "Star Wars" -based attraction for the Disney theme parks. In particular, an attraction that would make use of simulator technology. But how does one actually go about doing something like that...
  • Blog Post: Today's the last day to take part in JHM's special "Mouse Tales" promotion

    In the words of the late, great Douglas Adams: Don't panic. Now I know -- judging by all the agitated e-mails that have popped up in my in-box today -- that some JHM readers are getting concerned. They see that a day or so has gone by since the last installment of my new "Star Tours" series was posted...
  • Blog Post: Wanna help David Koenig do something Amazon.com... er ... amazing?

    David Koenig has a dream. The author of arguably the best Disneyland history on the market today -- " Mouse Tales: A Behind the Ears Look at Disneyland " -- wants to make a little publishing history. And you can help David achieve his dream. How can you help? Well, Koenig's publishing house -- Bonaventure...
  • Blog Post: The "Star Tours" Saga: First, a quick pre-flight drink ...

    Well, I don't know if I believe in the Force or not. But I'm thinking that it was probably preordained that George Lucas would eventually do something for the Disney theme parks. After all, George was one of the very first people on the planet to actually experience "The Happiest Place on Earth." Or...
  • Blog Post: Giant Japanese Monsters invade Hollywood!

    For more than half a century, audiences around the world have been thrilled and amused by kaiju-Japan's monster stars of the theater and television screen. The huge international success of the original GODZILLA (Gojira, 1954) spawned a neverending wave of beasts and aliens of all shapes and sizes. Last...
  • Blog Post: Independence Lake fact sheet

    Copyright 1976 Walt Disney Productions NAME: Independence Lake -- A Walt Disney Outdoor Division Project LOCATION: The Independence lake - Mt. Lola area of California, approximately 10 miles north of Truckee, and outside the Lake Tahoe Basin. WHO ARE THE PARTNERS: The Walt Disney Company has entered...
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