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  • Blog Post: "Disney U" features many informative & hilarious stories about how things really work behind-the-scenes at the Mouse House

    Did you need a distraction from all of the sad news coming out of Boston tonight? I know that I do. Which is why -- rather than watch that footage of the explosion at the marathon's line yet again -- I picked up a copy of Doug Lipp 's terrific tome, " Disney U: How Disney University develops...
  • Blog Post: Why For WDW's 40th anniversary celebration is kind of a modest affair

    Brent SD writes in to ask about JHM's 40 th -anniversary-of- Walt-Disney-World coverage. Or lack thereof. I can't help but notice that while many of the other Disney news sites have been doing article after article this week about Disney World's 40 th birthday, JimHillMedia has been posting...
  • Blog Post: The countdown begins for the 2011 edition of the D23 Expo

    It all starts one week from today. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved A solid two years of planning has gone into the 2011 edition of the D23 Expo . We're talking about months of meetings with the various divisions of The Walt Disney Company. Hundreds of hours spent putting together...
  • Blog Post: New voice of Mickey Mouse to make appearance in Sacramento

    First it was Walt who did all the talking for Mickey. Then it was Jimmy MacDonald who put words in the Mouse’s mouth. Then in the early 1980s, Wayne Allwine became Disney’s main mousekeeper. But then with Allwine’s untimely passing in May of last year, it was time for The Walt Disney Company to select...
  • Blog Post: Forty years of cataloguing, preserving and protecting the Magic

    The summer of 1970 wasn’t exactly a time when Walt Disney Studios was covering itself with cinematic glory. By that I mean, its big new release for the summer movie-going season was that utterly forgettable Don Ameche – Robert Morse Aquacomedy, “ The Boatniks .” Copyright 1970 Walt Disney Productions...
  • Blog Post: Why For does Howard Stark look like Walt Disney in “Iron Man 2” ?

    IronManFan236 sent in a question that was short & sweet: Did Marvel Studios deliberately make Howard Stark look like Walt in “ Iron Man 2 ” as a tribute / tip-of-the-hat to the Disney acquisition deal? Iron Man 2, the Movie: Copyright 2010 MVL Film Finance LLC. Iron Man, the character: TM & Copyright...
  • Blog Post: D23 fine-tunes its selection of special events for 2010

    D23 is still a few weeks out from its really-for-real birthday (Just for the record, The Walt Disney Company launched its Official Community for Disney Fans back on March 10, 2009). But given that D23 just revealed that it will be holding first anniversary parties at Disneyland and WDW’s Magic Kingdom...
  • Blog Post: “Waking Sleeping Beauty” pays tribute to Roy E. Disney’s creative legacy

    Nancy and I got the news yesterday afternoon as we were driving down to NYC. We’d stopped to gas up the car in Tolland, CT when Angela called on the cell to say that Roy E. Disney had died . This was obviously sad news. But -- to be honest -- not exactly unexpected. Ever since word leaked back in June...
  • Blog Post: Marty Sklar to pay tribute to Disney Legend at Ryman Arts fund-raiser

    Today is a day when most people here in the US traditionally take a moment or two to reflect on whatever it is that they have to be thankful for. And for the more-than-a-thousand Southern California students who’ve taken part in the Ryman Arts program over the past 19 years … Well, they’re just thankful...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday: How to have a rockin' good time on Mickey Mouse’s birthday

    So where will you wind up spending MM’s b-day? It’s tomorrow, you know. November 18 th . That’s the date that The Walt Disney Company officially acknowledges as being this iconic character’s “ birthday ” (i.e. the day that “ Steamboat Willie ” – the first Mickey Mouse cartoon with synchronized sound...
  • Blog Post: "Clown Prince of Disneyland" is a must-own ... If you can find a copy to purchase, that is

    For the better part of five years now, I have been waiting on “Wally Boag: Clown Prince of Disneyland” (August 2009, Disney Editions). Ever since I first learned that this project was in the works, I have been dying to get my hands on Gene Sands & Wally ’s book. So imagine my surprise last week when...
  • 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: 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 "...
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