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  • Blog Post: "Disney on Broadway" gives readers a thin but fun overview of three shows

    When is too much not enough? That's what I kept wondering as I was reading through "Disney on Broadway" (Disney Editions, 2002). This attractive paperback was edited by Michael Lessell, the writer behind "Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA: The Making of the Broadway Musical"...
  • Blog Post: Remembering David Mumford

    When the phone rings at 2 a.m., you just know that it's not going to be good news. That's why when I picked up the receiver with much trepidation early yesterday morning. Only to find my ex-wife, Michelle Smith, at the other end of the line. I'll say this much for Michelle: She didn't mince words. My...
  • Blog Post: A Slight Change in the Program

    I know, I know. You've come by JimHillMedia on Thursday. Which means that you're looking forward to reading a new book review as well as seeing what sort of new Disney-related crafts Patrick Hurd has put together for us. Well, Pat won't be showing up today ... Now don't worry. Mr. Hurd's fine. In fact...
  • Blog Post: $10 off (and a free gift) at the Disney Catalog Outlet stores?!

    Well, I guess it actually DOES pay to write about silly things like theme parks, feature length cartoons and talking mice. To explain: Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to bump into a loyal JimHillMedia.com reader who works for one of the Disney Catalog Outlet stores. (Please don't ask me to tell...
  • Blog Post: A brief non-Disney interlude: A do-it-yourself "White Christmas"

    There are all sorts of movies in theaters right now. Big budget blockbusters like "The Two Towers," "Die Another Day" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." Not to mention a couple of Disney flicks you may have heard something about: "Santa Clause 2" and...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney hated McDonald's?! What a Kroc ... er ... crock.

    You know, just because I write about the Walt Disney Company, I get some VERY interesting mail. Sometimes, it's letters from people who are sharing secrets about various projects that the Mouse currently has in the works (EX: Even more juicy inside info on "Destination Disney" came rolling in yesterday...
  • Blog Post: "Destination Disney" is a lot closer than you think

    I know, I know. What with the talking interactive plush and the hidden digital cameras, this all sounds like something out of Michael Crichton's "Westworld." But the fact of the matter is, kids, the "Destination Disney" program IS real. By that I mean, key components of this ambitious program are already...
  • Blog Post: Reinventing the WDW vacation experience with "Destination Disney"

    Okay. So the Walt Disney Company reinvented the theme park experience with its 1999 introduction of "Fast Pass," a virtual queuing system which basically allowed Disneyland and Walt Disney World guests to pre-book a ride time for their favorite attractions and shows. Unfortunately, the competition was...
  • Blog Post: Mickey (finally!) plays it smart

    Let me be honest here, kids: I'm really getting tired of writing stories about how the Walt Disney Company keeps screwing up. Last week (and yesterday), it was that article about how Buena Vista Home Entertainment dropped the ball with the release of the 2-disc collector's edition of the "Lilo &...
  • Blog Post: Well, whaddaya know? Michelle actually got one right?!

    Okay. Where were we? 1) Michelle was right. 2) Michelle was right. 3) Michelle was right. 4) Michelle was right. Oh, yeah. NOW I remember ... You may recall last week that our fearless editor, Michelle Smith, took JimHillMedia.com out on a very long limb last week by running this story which reported...
  • Blog Post: Why For?

    Earlier this week, EdwrdScssrhnds wrote to say: Jim - Really loved your articles this week about forthcoming projects from Disney Theatrical as well as that new Clive Barker book. Your story about how Disney closes the deal with Clive - by offering him his very own "Abarat Land" at Disneyland - got me...
  • Blog Post: "Tarzan" drives "The Little Mermaid" to the "Hoopz"?! Late breaking sports news? Nah. Just what's next from Disney Theatrical

    No doubt you heard the news last week. All those high profile stories about how Disney Theatrical and Broadway impresario Cameron Mackintosh (the producer of such long running hits as "Cats" and "Les Miserables") - after years of haggling - have finally come to terms. How these two theatrical giants...
  • Blog Post: Did Mickey Miss Out on the Muppets?

    By now, some of you have undoubtedly already heard about this story: Billionaire Haim Saban - the media mogul who made millions off of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - is reportedly negotiating to buy the Jim Henson Company. (For additional info on this story, please follow this link .) Soooo ... Is...
  • Blog Post: Jay Leads The Way

    Hey, look! I actually got one right! Those of you who slogged through my "Fall Into the Gap" story back on Friday may recall that I predicted that the three top candidates for Paul Pressler's old job would be Disneyland President Cynthia Harriss, President of the Walt Disney World Resort Al Weiss and...
  • Blog Post: Fall into the Gap

    JimHillMedia.com is pleased to announce that John Troutman - the artist who created the above twisted toon - has joined our small family of regular contributors. For more John Troutman goodness, be sure to check out John's daily comic strip, "Basil Flint: Private Investigator" at www.basilflint.com ...
  • Blog Post: What Bugs Me

    You know, there's just no pleasing some people. For the past 18 months, all we've been hearing from some very vocal Disney Company critics is the same tired mantra: "There's just not enough for kids to do at Disney's California Adventure." But now - on the eve of the official opening of "Flik's Fun Fair...
  • Blog Post: My, What Big Ears You Have

    Tired of continually getting hammered by the company's critics, Disney CEO Michael Eisner went on the offensive earlier this month. A PR offensive, that is. With the hope that he might be able to get some positive buzz going about his beleaguered corporation, Uncle Michael has reportedly been speaking...
  • Blog Post: "Finally, a site that won't fire him." (I hope)

    Let me start off by saying that the "JimHillMedia.com" name was *NOT* my idea. If I had my way, gang, this website would have a nice, innocuous sounding name like "The Hub" or "MouseWatch." Something certainly more humble sounding than "JimHillMedia.com." But the folks who actually got this site up out...
  • Blog Post: M - I - C in NYC

    There has long been this legend about the importance the 1964 New York World's Fair played in the history of the Walt Disney Company. How the Fair was supposed to be this vital stepping-stone in the creation of Walt Disney World. How Walt had to see if his theme park rides and attractions would meet...
  • Blog Post: Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 3

    OUR STORY SO FAR: Roy Disney had officially put the word out. He wanted the Imagineers to come with attractions for Walt Disney World that would blow the doors off of anything the company has built in Disneyland. Master Imagineer Marc Davis was glad to hear this, for - having just completed the original...
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