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  • Blog Post: Why For?

    First up, Peter S. writes in to ask: Jim -- Sorry to hear about you missing out on the Disneyland's 50th celebration. But look on the bright side: This was just the kick-off of the "Happiest Homecoming" festivities. Disneyland's real birthday isn't 'til July 17th. So why don't you have Angela & Jeff...
  • Blog Post: "Disneyland: Then, Now And Forever" & "Around the World with Disney" are must-haves for any serious Disney theme park fan

    Let me guess. You're feeling somewhat depressed today because you're not at "The Happiest Place on Earth" as Disneyland's 50th anniversary officially gets underway. Well, join the club. I was actually scheduled to be out in Anaheim today. I'd purchased a plane ticket, arranged for a rental car as well...
  • Blog Post: DCA backlot to be beautified, Crush to soon set up shop inside "Magic of Disney Animation" (UPDATED. WITH PICS.)

    Photo by Jeff Lange Okay. Maybe you've already seen pictures of the exterior of DCA's new "Monsters, Inc." attraction. Which (obviously) apes the look of the title sequence of that 2001 Pixar Animation Studios release. And maybe you've also already heard about how this redo of "Superstar Limo" will be...
  • Blog Post: "Nemo" attraction to cleverly mix old & new

    Okay. So the construction fence has gone up and the water level has gone down. So what happens next in Disneyland's Submarine Lagoon? What's first on WDI's "To Do" list as work finally gets underway on the "Finding Nemo" project? Well -- for starters -- Disneyland's Press & Publicity Office has to...
  • Blog Post: How do you follow up Hong Kong Disneyland? Would you believe building a new Disneyland in New Delhi?

    It's t-minus 10 days 'til the official kick-off of Disneyland's 50th anniversary. So you'd think that Michael Eisner -- the company's out-going CEO -- would be sticking close to home. Making sure that everything was in readiness for next week's start of that 18-month-long celebration in honor of the...
  • Blog Post: Next Stop: Tatooine?

    Mark January 9, 2007 on your calendar. Why for? Because that's the 20th anniversary of the grand opening of Disneyland's "Star Tours." And -- in honor of this very auspicious occasion -- rumors are now flying that StarSpeeder 3000 may begin flying to a brand new destination on that very same date. Mind...
  • Blog Post: A Rather Taxing Why For?

    First off, Jesper A. writes in to ask: Dear Jim! I'm very interested in a possible fifth Disney theme park in Orlando. I haven't heard any rumors about one, so therefore I'm curious to hear, if you('ve heard) anything about ... such (a project)? Sincerely, Jesper A. Dear Jesper: According to my sources...
  • Blog Post: New domain names offer peek into Disney's future

    It's that time again, kids. Time to peer into the misty future (with the help of the nice folks over at DailyChanges.com . This snazzy little website that actively keeps track of which corporations register what domain names) and find out what Mickey has up his sleeve. If you're a "Pirates of the Caribbean...
  • Blog Post: Stop the presses! "Disney" Magazine is no more!

    There's a song by the Buggles that says: "Video killed the radio star." Well, it would appear that the Internet -- particularly sites like this one -- may have unintentionally played a part in the demise of "Disney" Magazine last week. Though the publication's high printing costs and continually sinking...
  • Blog Post: Coming soon to your local IMAX theater: A new 3D version of your favorite traditionally animated Disney film?!

    Maybe you saw the stories last month. About how George Lucas -- while standing in front of a room full of exhibitors at this year's ShoWest convention -- announced that he plans to re-release the original "Star Wars" (I.E. "Episode IV: A New Hope") in 2007. Only this time around -- in order to make the...
  • Blog Post: Eisner's Orphans

    While the business press continues to focus on the handful of decisions that Disney CEO-to-be Robert Iger has made to date (I.E. The dismantling of the corporation's Strategic Planning department, the four ABC television series that Iger has already chosen to renew , etc.) ... Inside the Mouse House...
  • Blog Post: "Adventures by Disney" to offer one-of-a-kind trips to Hawaii & Yellowstone

    Let the "Adventures" begin! As of noon this past Monday, several hundred Disney cast members had supposedly submitted applications to be part of the "road test" for a new concept in Disney vacations: "Adventures by Disney" trips. Though only 40 Disney employees (and their family members) will eventually...
  • Blog Post: "Muppets' Wizard of Oz" windows bring whimsical fun to Macy's Flower Show

    The bad news is ... You just missed Macy's 31st Annual Flower Show. Photo by Irene Kautto This NYC tradition finished its 15 day run at the Herald Square store on Sunday, April 3rd. Photo by Irene Kautto But the good news is ... JHM readers Irene Kautto and Joe Smith managed to make it into the city...
  • Blog Post: A monstrous Monday Mélange

    You know, Disney-related stuff sometimes pops up in the damnedest places. Case in point: " Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II ." This past Saturday, after we'd completed our first official work session on the Disneyland history CD project, Jeff Lange treated me to a showing of Columbia / Tristar's new DVD...
  • Blog Post: Does "Motors" arrival mean that Indy's now on his way out?

    Photo by Seth Kubersky Even though we're still a more than a month away from the official opening of "Lights, Motors, Action!," rumors are already flying about the potential impact that this new stunt show may have on Disney-MGM's line-up of rides, shows & attractions. To explain: Many members of...
  • Blog Post: Darth Disney versus Obi Wan Jimnobi

    There's a famous Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times." Well, folks, these are very interesting times. At least for me. I mean, over the past five days, my cell phone hasn't stopped ringing. I've had reporters from all over the country calling to request interviews. I've had friends &...
  • Blog Post: The tour takes a detour ... Which (in the end) wasn't necessarily a bad thing

    Howdy, folks! I'm Uncle Skippy, a new kid on the block and Jim's west coast mole. I thought I'd start my brilliant and illustrious career as a JHM guest writer with a short review of the "Walking in Walt's Footsteps" that I took at Disneyland this past Sunday afternoon. But -- in the "make a short story...
  • Blog Post: The gag's on me

    Greetings from not-so-sunny Southern California. Where -- this past weekend -- I was supposed to be running JHM's latest set of Disneyland tours. But things didn't go quite according to plan. How so? Well, Disneyland Security actually pulled the plug on my Sunday afternoon tour. I'm serious, folks. 20...
  • Blog Post: Idle hands ... make a really funny musical

    In case you've been living in a cave somewhere, let me quickly bring you up to speed here. There's a new musical opening on Broadway tonight: "Spamalot" . A project that features the very apt subtitle "Lovingly ripped-off from the motion picture, ' Monty Python and the Holy Grai l,' " "Spamalot" is a...
  • Blog Post: Let's take a stroll down Liberty Street

    "To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will...
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