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  • Blog Post: Get your long Fourth of July weekend Gru-ve on by picking some "Despicable Me 2" -inspired toys

    Let me guess: Just like millions of other people around the world, you've already been out to your local multiplex to see " Despicable Me 2 ." Which would explain why this Universal Pictures release has already racked up an estimated $59.5 million in domestic ticket sales . More importantly...
  • Blog Post: Why For did Epcot's Future World not turn out as WED had originally planned?

    Epcot Enthusiast wrote in this week to say: I saw a Tweet today that said that you and Len Testa were touring Future World and World Showcase recording stories for a new " Unofficial Guide Disney Dish with Jim Hill" podcast. Epcot is my very favorite WDW theme park. Could you please share some...
  • 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: Knott's Berry Farm rises above the competition with its new WindSeeker ride

    Southern California is an incredibly competitive market. Especially when it comes to themed entertainment. So what with the Disneyland Resort rolling out its new World of Color nighttime water spectacular this past June and Mickey's Soundsational Parade & DCA 's " The Little Mermaid...
  • 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: You’re gonna need a bigger boat … er … theater

    I know, I know. It’s just the first week of May. But as far as Hollywood is concerned, Summer blockbuster season starts tomorrow with the release of “ Iron Man 2 .” But before the Web goes wild with predictions of how much this “ Iron Man ” sequel will earn over its opening weekend, I thought it might...
  • Blog Post: Pixar piles on the international intrigue with “Cars 2”

    Quick question: What do you think of the “Back to the Future” sequels? Copyright 1989 Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved The reason I ask … Well, while many people consider the original “Back to the Future” to be an enormously entertaining movie, most folks don’t feel the same about “BTTF II” &...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday: “Phineas & Ferb” serve up a September to remember

    You’d think -- given that those 104 days of summer vacation are now finally drawing to a close – that “Phineas & Ferb” would also begin winding down as well. That – what with the start of school and all -- this Disney XD & Disney Channel hit series would begin ratcheting things back a bit. Over...
  • Blog Post: Flynn’s Arcade gives Comic-Con attendees a taste of “TRON: Legacy”

    FlynnLives55 writes in to say: I’ve really been enjoying your Comic-Con coverage. But why no pix of the thing that TRON fans most want to see, the inside of Flynn’s Arcade? Ask and ye shall receive. Photo by Nancy Stadler Even though I had been clued in that something special would be happening away...
  • Blog Post: Pixar's first "Cars Toon" debuts tonight on Toon Disney

    You all remember Lightning McQueen and Mater from " Cars ," right ? Copyright 2008 Disney - Pixar. All Rights Reserved Well, the folks at Disney - Pixar certainly hope that you remember these two animated autos. Given that -- come the Summer of 2011 -- they're going to be starring in " Cars 2 " ... Copyright...
  • 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: "Kung Fu Panda" 's opening weekend grosses really kicked butt ... but here comes "WALL-E"

    There are some very happy people today at DreamWorks Animation this morning, given how well " Kung Fu Panda " did this past weekend. Copyright 2008 DreamWorks Animation. All Rights Reserved This Mark Osborne / John Stevenson took in an estimated $60 million over the past three days. Which not only gives...
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