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  • Blog Post: What goes on behind-the-scenes at Macy's before its Thanksgiving Day Parade can step off

    So where are you right now when it comes to your Thanksgiving to-do list? You know, that running tab of things that you need to get done between now and tomorrow afternoon? Well, as busy as you may be, I'm betting that your Thanksgiving to-do list looks like a Post-it note compared to all of the...
  • Blog Post: Looking back on why The Walt Disney Company decided to restore the New Amsterdam Theater in NYC

    An estimated 1.5 million people made their way to Times Square last week to experience Super Bowl Boulevard . In fact, so many folks crowded into this 13-block area that they sometimes had to wait for hours before they could then zoom down that 60-foot long toboggan run on 40th Street or shuffle through...
  • Blog Post: "Building Tall" reveals the challenges that Tishman Realty & Construction faced while building EPCOT Center

    Since sinkholes are back in the news again in Central Florida , Hungry Howie was inspired to drop me a line earlier today to ask about the sinkhole that almost swallowed EPCOT Center back during the construction of that theme park: For years now, I've been hearing stories about EPCOT's sinkhole...
  • Blog Post: The Disney stars come out for "Newsies: The Musical" 's opening night on Broadway

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Photo by Nancy Stadler Following its acclaimed run at the Papermill Playhouse last Fall, Disney Theatrical Productions' " Newsies: The Musical " opened at NYC's Nederlander Theatre last night for a special limited engagement. The press lines up to get...
  • Blog Post: Disney’s “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” serves up some solid summer fun

    Like the very best bits of magic, “ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice ” employs a certain amount of misdirection. Jay Baruchel in Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." Copyright 2009 Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc. All rights reserved Take – for...
  • Blog Post: How Disney conjured up a live-action version of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"

    The tale of the Sorcerer's Apprentice and The Walt Disney Company have been intertwined ever since Walt Disney invited famed conductor Leopold Stokowski to come join him for dinner at Chasen's . Which is where the old Mousetro supposedly asked the Maestro if he'd be interested in working with Disney...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: MoMA’s Tim Burton exhibition gets ready to go down under

    In response to Friday’s “ Panel discussion? Product signing? Rarities screening? Which would you choose? ” article, ToadinaWhole wrote: “Let me turn this question around you: Which would you choose?” Well, this past Friday afternoon, what Nancy and I chose to do is spend 4½ hours in the car. We traded...
  • Blog Post: Toy Tuesday: Donny Osmond introduces Dance Star Mickey

    So how long has Donny Osmond been closely associated with The Walt Disney Company? "About 200 or 300 years," this pop icon joked as he made an appearance yesterday in the Mattel showroom at the American International Toy Fair . Which isn't entirely true. I mean, Donny's brothers did get their big break...
  • Blog Post: Manhattanites mob the Muppet Whatnot Workshop

    Christmas time in NYC means lines. All over the city this past Saturday, there were people standing in lines. They lined up on the 8th floor at the Macy's in Herald Square in order to see Santa . They lined up along 5th Avenue in order to see Saks ' holiday windows . They even lined up at Rockefeller...
  • Blog Post: The Towers live on ... in movies & television, that is

    I wonder if you've ever had an experience like this: The other day, I was feeling blue. Alice had just gone home after spending almost the entire summer up here in New Hampshire. And I was missing my daughter something fierce. Which is why I decided that I'd try & cheer myself up by watching...
  • Blog Post: "Cloverfield" is a monstrously entertaining motion picture

    Now the answer to the question that everyone has been waiting for: Question: Why is the monster in " Cloverfield " tearing up Manhattan? Answer: Because this creature is still P.O.ed about not being able to score tickets to the " Hannah Montana " concert. Okay. Now that that lame joke / obligatory Disney...
  • Blog Post: Instead of a Why For this week, how about a Where For ?

    Natalie Dressed writes in to say: Thanks for plugging ASIFA-Hollywood 's upcoming screening of " Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure ." That was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid. And if I actually lived out in LA, I would definitely have made the trip over to the American Film Institute...
  • Blog Post: Why For the Muppets didn't make it into Tokyo DisneySea

    Hirota K. of Yokohoma writes in to say Dear Mr. Hill -- I have been greatly enjoying your recent articles about Disney theme park attractions that were never built. Could you please share some stories about rides that were proposed but never built for my favorite theme park, Tokyo DisneySea ? Thank you...
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