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  • 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: Paradise Gardens puts European-inspired cuisine on Disney California Adventure's menu

    A portobello mushroom and spinach flatbread pizza garnished with pesto & artichokes? A Mediterranean-themed skewer piled high with tofu & vegetables? An expresso brownie? This is theme park food? It is according to Karlos Siqueiros , the manager of concept development for Food Operations at the...
  • Blog Post: S/R Labs' annual online auction gets underway today, company becomes official Disney licensee

    It's a busy but happy time for the folks at S/R Laboratories Animation Art Conservation Center . And not just because their annual Spring auction gets underway today. Which means that - now through tomorrow afternoon PT- some rarer-than-rare cels, storyboard and concept sketches will be coming up...
  • Blog Post: Saturday's "Disney's Gummi Bears" online reunion will allow animation fans to interact with this show's creators

    Be it candy canes, Hanukkah gelt or those visions of sugar plums that are supposed to dance in your head this time of year, the holidays have always been closely associated with sweet stuff. Which is why I'd like to make JHM readers aware of a pretty sweet deal that's happening this Saturday...
  • Blog Post: Kim Irvine honors WED's pioneers with her work at the Disneyland Design Studio

    When it comes to making changes at Disneyland , it's always been something of a delicate balancing act. The Walt Disney Company - because it wants this theme park to remain relevant - is always pushing for new stuff to be added to the place. So that Guests will then be compelled to return to "The...
  • 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: Disney’s going Back to the Future with Winnie the Pooh

    Do you hear that loud beep-beep-beep noise coming from Burbank? That’s The Walt Disney Company backing up. Rapidly retreating from its earlier attempts to make the Winnie the Pooh characters seem hip, fashionable and contemporary. “Coming off of ‘ My Friends Tigger and Pooh ,’ we did a lot of research...
  • 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: The Disneyland that You Almost Got: Big Town USA

    MonkFan wrote in to say: I really enjoyed that “ TRON attraction that Disneyland almost got ” you wrote earlier this month. So I was wondering if you have any more stories about rides & attractions that almost got built at the Parks that you could share. Maybe something about my favorite part of...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Is Disney getting ready to grow another Golden Oak for Florida?

    Do you recall how – back in October of last year -- The Walt Disney Company announced that it planned to build a brand-new production facility out at Golden Oak Ranch in the Santa Clarita Valley? Well, based on a series of domain names that the Mouse registered late last month, it initially appeared...
  • 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: Huge crowds for Harry Potter: The Exhibition offers clues as to how well Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World will be received

    Denny P. dropped me a line on Saturday to ask: Did you see Jason Garcia’s story in the Sentinel yesterday about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter ? As a Disney fan, this sounds like complete hype to me. But what do you think? Is this Islands of Adventure addition really going to be a game changer for...
  • Blog Post: Why For is “Captain EO” really returning to Disneyland Park?

    First up, RedRyderBB writes in to say: Disneyland can’t be serious about bringing back “Captain EO.” I saw that 3D movie when it first opened in 1987 and once was really enough. “EO” was just a glorified music video. And even MTV doesn’t show music videos anymore. So what’s the point of bringing “Captain...
  • Blog Post: Is 2010 the year that Walt Disney Studios begins showing its movies online?

    Have you looked at the calendar lately? No, I’m not talking about how there are just seven shopping days ‘til Christmas. I mean that – as of today – we’ve just two weeks left ‘til 2010 gets underway. Well, the folks who run The Walt Disney Company are clearly already making plans for next year. Over...
  • 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: Comcast / NBC Universal deal could help Disney overhaul entertainment industry

    You'd think – given that Brian Roberts was the guy behind Comcast ’s February 2004 bid to buy Disney for $66 billion – that today’s announcement (i.e. that the U.S. largest cable services company has just signed an agreement with General Electric . Which will then give Comcast control over NBC Universal...
  • 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: Tune Tuesday: Disney to celebrate the performing arts in 2010

    If you’re a fan of The Walt Disney Company’s theatrical productions , then you should probably make a point of setting your TiVo to record Friday’s “ Live with Regis & Kelly ” (when the Las Vegas company of “ The Lion King ” will be making an appearance on that syndicated morning talk show) as well...
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