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  • Blog Post: A JHM Exclusive: Your first look at Universal Orlando's "Revenge of the Mummy" thrill ride

    WARNING! The following contains spoilers. The following is based on an incomplete attraction, and should not be construed as representative of the final product. The ride is in private technical rehearsals, and is not open to the public. Do not go to the park expecting to experience the ride until the...
  • Blog Post: Train of Thought

    Like many other Disneyana webmasters and news organizations out there, I received this e-mail late last week: AN OPEN LETTER TO DISNEYLAND It has been only six months since our son, Marcelo, died on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland. A death caused by faulty maintenance, lack of safety...
  • Blog Post: Train of Thought

    Like many other Disneyana webmasters and news organizations out there, I received this e-mail late last week: AN OPEN LETTER TO DISNEYLAND It has been only six months since our son, Marcelo, died on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland. A death caused by faulty maintenance, lack of safety...
  • Blog Post: Space Mountain has a story?!

    I know, I know. Today's column has next to nothing to do with St. Patrick's Day. Unless -- of course -- you're willing to count the people whose faces turn green while they're riding this indoor roller coaster. But -- as I was tooling down the 5 the other day -- listening to a "Disney Rarities" CD that...
  • Blog Post: Revisiting Monday's WDW "Central Base" story ...

    Do you remember that four alarm story that we ran on this website back on Monday? The one that talked about how -- now that Disney World's theme parks are changing their "Central Base" set-ups -- guests' safety may be compromised? Well, maybe we'd better rethink those four alarms. Perhaps ratchet this...
  • Blog Post: "The cry babies who runs Kilimajaro Safari is complaining again? Well, cry me a Kali River ..."

    Jeese, you think that you know someone. I mean, I had thought -- given that letter that JHM published here yesterday (the one that described -- in great detail -- how difficult it was to for WDW cast members to work at DAK's "Kilimanjaro Safari" attraction) sounded so arduous ... I thought for sure that...
  • Blog Post: Coming to one little girl's rescue inside WDW's "Alien Encounter"

    Okay. I know. Your head is swimming from all the negative stuff that you've been reading about Comcast and Eisner and Henson. I'm betting that you could use some good Disney-related news right about now. Well, here you go then. Read this letter from Kenny H. Who's writing in today NOT because he wants...
  • Blog Post: Okay. So maybe the glass IS half empty after all ...

    Jeese, now I REALLY don't know what to think. For over a week now, we've been running these stories here at JimHillMedia.com that list various complaints that WDW cast members who work at "Kilimanjaro Safari" have about the attraction. Well, two more letters came rolling in. Both from Disney World vets...
  • Blog Post: So, you think that YOU'VE got it tough?

    Man, who knew that one little story would strike such a nerve? A week ago today, JHM ran " Cast Members at DAK's Kilimanjaro Safari don't think that WDW management is being very fair-i to them ," an article that detailed how difficult how tough it was to work at DAK's "Kilimanjaro Safari" ride. Well...
  • Blog Post: Cast Members at DAK's Kilimanjaro Safari don't think that WDW management is being very fair-i to them

    "Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable." That's what I honestly thought as I was reading the following letter. That someone could really work this hard at a job that sounded extremely stressful and incredibly hard to do ... yet only get paid $6.70 an hour! Don't believe me? Read on: Dear Jim: I am a...
  • Blog Post: "The cry babies who runs Kilimajaro Safari is complaining again? Well, cry me a Kali River ..."

    Jeese, you think that you know someone. I mean, I had thought -- given that letter that JHM published here yesterday (the one that described -- in great detail -- how difficult it was to for WDW cast members to work at DAK's "Kilimanjaro Safari" attraction) sounded so arduous ... I thought for sure that...
  • Blog Post: Message in a Bottle

    Normally, JimHillMedia.com doesn't run stories like these. Articles that complain about trash at the theme parks. Chipped paint on the park benches. Loose thatch on the roof of the "Enchanted Tiki Room." Stories like that? I tend to think of as more like the stuff that Al Lutz runs. (FYI: The above comment...
  • Blog Post: Another Monday Melange

    Boy, it seems like the Walt Disney Company just can't win for losing these days. What do I mean? Well, just days after the Mouse had staged a pretty successful promotional event at this year's Tournament of Roses parade (I.E. Rolling out the tallest float in the parade's history as a way to promote Disney...
  • Blog Post: It's going to take more than just magic to pull off all of WDW's "Magical Gatherings" program

    Okay. Quick show of hands. Who here watched the "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade" on ABC last Thursday morning? (God, look who I'm asking. You're a Disney dweeb, right? So of course you watched this program ...) Well, I -- like you -- sat and watched this year's special. And just marveled at this...
  • Blog Post: A Waste of "Space"

    As you might expect, I got a lot of e-mail yesterday, keying off of the fact that WKMG-TV in Orlando had used as me as a source for their "Mission: Space" story. This was the news report where Mike DeForest revealed that Disney -- having finally faced the fact that this Future World attraction's "protein...
  • Blog Post: A JHM Reader Challenge: The Epcot English Lesson

    Last Friday night -- after a long, tortuously slow commute in and out of the city (We had to go into Logan Airport to pick up Michelle and Alice for my parent's 50th anniversary party) -- Nancy and I decided that we all needed a break. Which is why (later that same evening) we all found ourselves at...
  • Blog Post: Seven Tips for Getting the Most out of this weekend's "ABC Super Soap" event at Disney-MGM

    For football fans, it's the Super Bowl. For guys who collect comic books, it's San Diego's Comic-Con. And -- for Disney dweebs -- it's the National Fantasy Fan Club (THE club for Disneyana enthusiasts) 's annual convention. But -- if you're a serious ABC soap opera fan -- there's only one place that...
  • Blog Post: Debunking Big Thunder Rumors

    It used to be something that theme park fans would consider a comical cliché. How you'd board a Disney theme park attraction and then ... Something would go horribly wrong!? I mean, think about it, people. Isn't this the exact same story point that drives the action in Disneyland's "Star Tours" and ...
  • Blog Post: When it comes to Disney, when is "good enough" good enough?

    As you read this, 2000 journalists are in the process of being wined and dined at Walt Disney World. The Mouse has really rolled out the red carpet for these reporters. Treating them to after-hours parties at the Florida theme parks, which feature live performances by top name entertainers. (This year...
  • Blog Post: Okay ... now tell me what you REALLY think ...

    Well, it wasn't quite "Jim, You Ignorant ***!" But it was pretty damned close. On the heels of Monday's less-than-enthusiastic article about "Mickey's Philharmagic," I got WHOMPED with a pile of mail from people who had also seen this new Fantasyland attraction during last week's previews and absolutely...
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