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  • Blog Post: Countdown to Disney "Frozen" : The flaky design idea behind the look of Elsa's ice palace

    For 84 years now, Walt Disney Animation Studios has been in the castle-building business. Whether it's that golden castle-in-the-clouds that we glimpse at the very end of " Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs " ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... or that shiny undersea...
  • Blog Post: Ride the rails and hear some great Disney-related tales on Walt's Sierra Adventures

    Since JHM seems to be on a run of Christmas movie and holiday-related stories lately, I thought that I'd ask how many of you are fans of the 1954 version of " White Christmas ." And you may recall from a December 2002 story that ran on this website, Nancy and her sister Kathy are huge fans...
  • Blog Post: Sir Tim Rice & friends celebrate the Disney Theatrical songbook

    As snow fell on New York City last Friday night, seven veterans from Disney Theatrical Productions came together to salute Sir Tim Rice . So who exactly was on hand? Ashley Brown (original title star of Mary Poppins on Broadway ), Heidi Blickenstaff (Ursula in The Little Mermaid ), Merle Dandridge (Kala...
  • Blog Post: An Olympic-sized Why For

    First up, Davis P. writes to ask about JHM’s American International Toy Fair coverage this week : I thought that Jim Hill Media was a website that mostly covered Disney’s theme parks and animated films. What made you decide to go to New York and cover Toy Fair this year? Dear Davis P. Why did Nancy and...
  • 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: 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: Small town preps big welcome for "Extreme Makeover" family

    Maynard may be the second smallest city in all of Massachusetts . But when it comes to the size of its heart, this tiny mill town is second to none. Which is why -- when Maynard residents learned about the plight of the Giunta family (The father -- Paul Giunta Jr. -- was injured back in March of 2006...
  • Blog Post: "Not a creature was stirring ...," not even the guy who writes all of those stories about the Mouse

    My apologies, folks. I know that JHM has been light on content for the past week or so. But there's a good reason for that: Snow. Lots & lots of snow. As this New York Times article will tell you, New England has had a ridiculous amount of the white stuff dropped on it over the past few weeks. To...
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