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  • Blog Post: Discounted admission tickets & VIP packages are now on sale for the 2011 D23 EXPO

    It's a pretty common refrain among Disneyana fans. That - because they didn't know what the inaugural D23 EXPO was actually going to be like - these people opted out of being in the Anaheim area September 10 - 13, 2009. Which is how they missed out on seeing Johnny Depp making that surprise appearance...
  • 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: Trio of special events tempt Southern California’s Disneyana fans

    This coming Saturday (provided – of course – that the Bay State isn’t still under water ), I’ll be down in Avon, MA. taking part in the 15 th annual Janet McDonald Memorial Walk Against Cancer . This fundraiser is something that my family does every year in order to honor the memory of my late cousin...
  • Blog Post: Is it possible to experience your favorite Disney Park attraction for the very first time … again?

    At last month’s “ Practically Perfect Night at Mary Poppins ” event at LA’s Ahmanson Theatre , a D23 member stood up and asked the cast of the North American touring company of this Disney / Cameron Mackintosh production how they did it. Where they found the energy to perform like that, night after night...
  • 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: Leonard Maltin to receive the first-ever NFFC-Disneyana Fan Club Heritage Award

    For a guy who spends much of his time among the stars (the Hollywood kind, anyway), author and film historian Leonard Maltin is surprisingly down-to-earth. Which is why – when Leonard and I chatted on the phone yesterday about how he’d been selected to receive the very first NFFC-Disneyana Fan Club Heritage...
  • Blog Post: NFFC – Disneyana Fan Club members make merry with the Mouse

    Did you manage to make it to last week’s NFFC – Disneyana Fan Club Disney World Holiday Extravaganza? If not, you missed out on some primo fan events. Like what? Well, how about a private screening of “ The Princess & The Frog .” Which featured an appearance by artists & animators from Premise...
  • Blog Post: Mickey & Minnie say "Farewell" to Toontown Fair, "Hello" to the Town Square Exhibition Hall

    What with all of the excitement associated with the Fantasy Forest project , Disneyana fans seem to have overlooked one important aspect of this Magic Kingdom expansion. As in: Given that Mickey's Toontown Fair is going to be flattened to make way for new Dumbo Circus & Disney Fairies -themed areas...
  • Blog Post: Pins & mini-posters await “Walt & El Grupo” fans in Anaheim, NYC & LA

    It all started with a shoebox. To be specific, a shoebox full of old travel photos from the 1940s. “I was talking with Diane Disney Miller ,” Ted Thomas remembered. “And she told me that J.B. Kaufman – while he was doing research for this book that J.B. was writing about those Good Neighbor films that...
  • Blog Post: “Nemo” gets new screenwriter, subs & costumes to be displayed in San Diego

    If you were listening carefully yesterday, you might have heard an enormous sigh of relief coming from the 20K fan community as word began to spread that Randall Wallace had been hired to rewrite Bill Marsilii & Justin Marks ’ script for “Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Copyright Disney...
  • Blog Post: Seldom-seen concept art a highlight of "The Imagineering Field Guide to Disneyland"

    Having already put together Imagineering Field Guides for the Magic Kingdom , Epcot and Animal Kingdom , Alex Wright has taken a break from writing about the Walt Disney World Resort (Reportedly because the folks at Disney Editions want WDW Guests to get used to calling the park-formerly-known-as-MGM...
  • Blog Post: Is everything on display in DCA's "Blue Sky Cellar" actually going to get built? Maybe. Maybe not

    Anne L. writes in to ask: "This past week, I couldn't help but notice that -- out of all the major Disneyana sites on the Web -- JHM is the only one that hasn't mentioned DCA 's Blue Sky Cellar yet. Why is that?" To be honest, Anne, you kind of answered your own question. Given that everyone else out...
  • Blog Post: End of a Mouse Ear-a: "Where the Magic Begins" to close

    Copyright Disney. All Rights Reserved CINDERELLA : Why, it's like a dream. A wonderful dream come true. FAIRY GODMOTHER: Yes, my child. But like all dreams ... Well, I'm afraid that this can't last forever. How often do you see a car that co-ordinates with a store's exterior? Photo by Roger Colton For...
  • Blog Post: Peter David maps out a campaign to save the Adventurers Club

    Peter David isn't exactly sure when he first discovered the Adventurers Club. "It had to be sometime in 1989 or 1990," this award-winning author remembers. "I was exploring the then-newly-opened Pleasure Island . I'd already been to a number of the other clubs on the Island. And I must have wandered...
  • Blog Post: Tune Tuesday : "Hello, WALL-E! Well, Hello, WALL-E ..."

    It's one of the main reasons that people just can't stop talking about " WALL-E ." And -- no -- I'm not talking about the opening weekend grosses for this new Andrew Stanton movie (Though -- now that we've broached this subject -- while "WALL-E" didn't earn the $70-million-plus that Mouse House officials...
  • Blog Post: What's in store for the Disney Stores

    It's been kind of a tough week for Disneyana fans. Given that -- all over the country -- Disney Stores are shutting down. Rockford, IL . Naples, FL. Four stores in Michigan . 6 in Missouri. 9 in New York State. A whopping 16 stores closing in Pennsylvania. All told, 98 Disney Stores in the U.S. will...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch : WDI complains about all those complainers

    It's as predictable as the tides. First a new attraction soft-opens at one of the Disney theme parks. And then someone online declares this new ride or show is " ... the worst thing that Imagineering has ever designed." Which is why -- on the heels of "Spaceship Earth" 's torturous test-and-adjust period...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Let the West Side Waltz begin

    An item posted this past Friday on Screamscape about how the Cheesecake Factory will soon be pulling out of DisneyQuest got tongues wagging around the Web. As Disneyana fans began wondering if this intriguing new tidbit meant that WDW's indoor interactive theme park -- long rumored to be on the ropes...
  • Blog Post: Do-it-yourself Epcot celebration leads to new fan-based business

    It wasn't what the Disneyana community wanted to hear last year. Copyright 1980 Walt Disney Productions. All Rights Reserved That -- in a January 27th interview with Deb Wills of AllEars.net -- Brad Rex , then-VP of Epcot , said that the Walt Disney World Resort had no plans to celebrate that theme park...
  • Blog Post: "Dream Worlds" offers look at abandoned Disney animated features

    Who is Hans Bacher ? Trust me, folks. If you're a Disneyana fan, you know this man's work. If you were creeped out by the look of the Beast's lair in " Beauty & the Beast " ... Copyright 2007 Disney Enterprises. All Rights Reserved ... or ever marveled at the clean, crisp design of the logo for the...
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