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  • Blog Post: "Family Fun Weekends" give Southern Californians an extra incentive to revisit the Disneyland Resort

    There's kind of a perception out there that - once the holiday season wraps up in Southern California - that the Disneyland Resort isn't much as fun to visit as it used to be back in October , November and December. Which is kind of understandable. Right now, anyway. Given that Disney California...
  • Blog Post: Figuring out what was wrong with Disney's original Abraham Lincoln AA figure

    Back in the late 1950s, when Corky Wilds was working for Mitchell Camera Corporation , he'd make the trek from his home in North Hollywood out to Glendale. "This was before the highway got built. So the only way to get to Mitchell Camera's offices in Glendale was to drive up Riverside Drive...
  • 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: How it came to snow on Main Street USA

    During the 11 years she spent at The Walt Disney Company, Cynthia Harriss worked on an amazing array of projects. She helped grow The Disney Store chain from just 140 stores in North America to over 400. She also guided the Disneyland Resort through its $1.4 billion transformation, when this Southern...
  • Blog Post: Disney XD uses out-of-the-box thinking to promote out-of-this-world TV movie

    It happened this past July. After another long day at Comic-Con , my daughter and I had just exited the San Diego Convention Center . We were trudging across those trolley tracks in the usual crush of conventioneers when Alice suddenly stopped and pointed at something off to the side. “Do you see that...
  • Blog Post: You don’t know Jack about Disneyland’s “Halloween Screams - A Villainous Surprise in the Skies"

    Boys and girls of every age, Wouldn’t you like to see something strange … Like – say – Zero flying over Sleeping Beauty Castle . Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer. Copyright 2009 Disney. All Rights Reserved Or – better yet -- a 20-foot tall magical orb that rises 45 feet in the air behind the Castle. Which then...
  • Blog Post: “Shrek the Musical” piles on the promotions, gets ready to launch its national tour in July of 2010

    You gotta give DreamWorks Theatricals & Neal Street Productions their props. These folks will do whatever they have to in order to make sure that “ Shrek the Musical ” stands out from the crowd. Seem that much more different than all the other shows that are currently running on Broadway. Take –...
  • Blog Post: Gary Vaynerchuk wants you to think outside of the box wine

    Epcot has long been noted known for its mix of education and entertainment. Which is why Gary Vaynerchuk fits in perfectly at this theme park. This self-trained wine expert flew into Orlando late last week to help kick-off the 14 th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival . And in his own...
  • Blog Post: Will showing selected scenes from “The Princess and the Frog” finally silence this film’s critics?

    Is it just me? Or does it seem like – every other week – someone new is inventing yet another reason to go after “ The Princess and the Frog ”? Almost from the moment that this Walt Disney Animation Studios’ production was officially announced back in March of 2007, there have been individuals &...
  • Blog Post: "Dream Castle Lights" dazzle at night, disappear during the day

    Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to break out all of those Christmas lights and start decorating the exterior of your home. Mind you, Rob Hamberg got kind of a headstart on the rest of us. This Walt Disney World Entertainment show producer didn't wait 'til turkey time to start his holiday decorating...
  • Blog Post: Universal Studios Hollywood freshens up for the Fall

    As far as Universal Studios Hollywood is considered, this was the Summer of the Simpsons. " The Simpsons Ride ," to be exact. Photo by Shelly Smith But now Autumn's on its way. Which typically means that this is the start of the slow season for Southern California's theme parks. A time when you push...
  • Blog Post: Tune Tuesday : "Shrek the Musical" gets off to a great start in Seattle

    There are so many movie-based musicals turning up on Broadway these days that the theater community has actually invented a somewhat derogatory term to describe these high profile productions: movsicals. And what with the rather tepid respection that " Young Frankenstein " and " The Little Mermaid "...
  • Blog Post: Jerry Beck to be honored at this year's Annie Awards

    Next Friday night, Toontown's top talents will put on their Sunday best and then motor on over to UCLA 's Royce Hall for the 35th annual Annie Awards . Copyright 2008 ASIFA-Hollywood. All Rights Reserved This is the night that the animation industry honors its own. When the very best work from 2007 in...
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