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  • Blog Post: The Kingdom That Never Came : Disney World expansion plans circa June of 1982

    This is one of these stories that I'm sure is going to depress a certain portion of JHM readers. Mostly because it gives a glimpse of what might have been at Walt Disney World . Particularly if Ron Miller had remained in power at the Mouse House. Anyway ... The following is a transcript of an article...
  • Blog Post: Why For didn't the Walt Disney Company go forward with construction of the Port Disney project ?

    Vernon S. wrote in yesterday to say: You know what I liked best about today's article ? That photograph of the Disney Sea model. I've always been fascinated by the Long Beach project. I don't suppose, as part of one of your upcoming Why For columns, that you could write about some of the rides, shows...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch : The reel / real story behind Disney-MGM Studios' upcoming name change

    Were you surprised by the rather generic-sounding new name that the Walt Disney Company saddled Disney-MGM with last week? Well, you weren't the only one. Many of the Mouse House managers that I spoke with over this past weekend were really taken aback by the studio theme park's new moniker. As one Disney...
  • Blog Post: A special "What's in a name" edition of Why For

    First up, Michael R. writes in to ask: I was wondering if there was any specific reason why there has not been a release of the " Disney-MGM Studios " version of (the " Imagineering Field Guide ") series? They've released books for the other three parks and I understand now they're working on the CA...
  • Blog Post: Third edition of "Hidden Mickeys" field guide is three times the fun

    Notice anything unusual about those bundles of nerves that you see up there on the "Body Wars" sign? Photo courtesy of Jeff Lange Does anything (or should I say any one ) look familiar? Photo courtesy of Jeff Lange Yep. That's Mickey Mouse. Right in the center of the above photo. Directly above the blue...
  • Blog Post: David Koenig's "Realityland" is a very entertaining Disney World exposé

    You all know about Epcot, right? That futuristic city that Walt Disney hoped to build? Copyright Bonaventure Press That's the real reason that Walt bought all of that swampland in Central Florida in the early 1960s, you know. Not because the Old Mousetro really felt the need to build Disneyland East...
  • Blog Post: As "Tarzan" swings off Broadway, is Beyoncé getting ready to play Aida in Disney's next big movie musical?

    First up, Kevin writes in to say: I was just wondering, how do Disney executives feel about the Wiggles joining up with Six Flags for the " Wiggles World " theme areas in their parks? Is this a sign that the Wiggles and Disney may be parting company soon? Kevin Dear Kevin -- Nope. You have to understand...
  • Blog Post: "Field Guide to Disney's Animal Kingdom" reveals how the Imagineers built WDW's wildest park yet

    What can you say about the "Imagineering Field Guide" series? It started out strong with the " Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World " guide back in 2005 and then got better last year with the " Epcot at Walt Disney World " guide. And now? " The Imagineering Field Guide to Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt...
  • Blog Post: Testing ... One ... Two ... Three ... A JHM Podcast ?!

    Mike C. writes in to say: Jim ... I have been reading your articles for over a year and enjoying the information that your provide. I have recently listened to your appearances on the Magical Definition podcast with Nathan Rose and Tim Devine. I must admit you are the best part of that podcast. Have...
  • Blog Post: A special Thursday edition of Why For

    First, Hankipoo writes in to ask about Epcot's proposed U.S.S.R. pavilion: Jim, I have really been enjoying all of the Disney theme park stories that you've been posting on the site lately (More importantly, I like that you've finally stopped carping about " Cars "). So I was wondering...
  • Blog Post: Why For: The Seas-and-desist edition

    Will L. writes in to say: Have you seen the concept art for Epcot's new "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" attraction yet? Copyright Disney Enterprises LLC Originally I was very excited when I saw all of this stuff. Copyright Disney Enterprises LLC But then I got to see some of the concept...
  • Blog Post: Why For? : Epcot's Space Center, Jim Korkis and Walt Disney World swamp boat rides

    First up, Lee H. sends along a note and a photo, seeking some info about Disney's original plans for Epcot's Space pavilion: Hey Jim, First off, let me just say that I love the site. This is despite the fact that you tend to leave me hanging on some of your longer stories (remember Tower Tales...
  • Blog Post: A JimHillMedia exclusive: Your first look at "Project Gemini"

    The dictionary defines "Gemini" as A constellation in the Northern Hemsiphere. The third sign of the Zodia. A remarkable event; an omen. Given all three of these meanings, I have to assume that the Imagineers had the third definition in mind when they opted to name their Future World redo "Project...
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