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  • Blog Post: "Holiday" coming? "Food" on its way out? Clones curtailed?

    There's good news for Tim Burton fans. Disneyland's much acclaimed seasonal show -- "Haunted Mansion Holiday" -- is reportedly heading to WDW's Magic Kingdom in 2004. According to reliable sources, "HMH" -- a Christmas-themed show which entirely changes the style and tone of Disney's venerable "Haunted...
  • Blog Post: Much Ado about Pooh

    Even though Disneyland's new "Winnie the Pooh" ride has already opened for several months now, I'm STILL getting e-mails like this: Dear Jim: I just got back from Anaheim and wanted to write to let know you about how shocked & appalled I was with Disneyland's "Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh"...
  • Blog Post: "Space" sickness OR "Mission: Space" scrubbed. Repeatedly. With disinfectant.

    Maybe this really isn't a story that you should be reading first thing in the morning. Particularly if you're still eating breakfast. Still, there's some rather intriguing news coming out of Orlando these days. Word that WDW executives are going very concerned that "Mission: Space" -- Epcot's yet-to...
  • Blog Post: Can Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" avoid a grizzly fate at the box office?

    Ah, what a difference almost-a-year makes. Some of you may recall how in late July 2002, Disney's "The Country Bears" opened in theaters nationwide. This Walt Disney Pictures production got absolutely hammered by the critics. Grossing only $16.9 million during its entire domestic run, "Country...
  • Blog Post: Does the arrival of the "X Games Xperience" signal the start of DCA's turnaround?

    First, an apology / explanation. For the past couple of weeks, JimHillMedia.com has been kind of a Jim Hill free zone. Oh, sure, you guys have had plenty of great new stories from Jim Korkis, Chuck Oberleitner, Roger Colton and the rest of the crew. But as for me ... well, there'd be an occasional book...
  • Blog Post: Never mind Big Brother watching you. What about "My Pal Mickey?"

    Okay. By now, JimHillMedia.com readers are no doubt aware of "My Pal Mickey." (After all, this site actually broke the story on this hi-tech wonder back in December 2002.) That 10-and-a-half inch tall plush that -- thanks to its on-board sensors -- can tell WDW guests all sorts of interesting things...
  • Blog Post: I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you ...

    We got so much great mail from you folks last week that "Jimmy Neutron's NickToon Blast" article . People writing in just to tell us how refreshing it was to have a site that usually just reports about the Walt Disney Company saying such nice things about an attraction at a competing theme park. Well...
  • Blog Post: "Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast" is a blast for theme park fans

    I'll say this much for the folks at Universal. They obviously learn from Disney's mistakes. Don't believe me? Then take, for example, all the negative publicity that the Mouse generated due to the awkward way the Walt Disney corporation handled the closure of WDW's "20,000 Leagues" submarine attraction...
  • Blog Post: Imagineers go "Boo" (and "Hoo") over the surprise cancellation of DCA's "Monsters, Inc." project

    Those of you who read this past weekend's "Why For" may recall that I said that "... the Walt Disney Company is this very dynamic organization." Well, scratch that. As of this past Friday afternoon, Disney officially became a very schizophrenic organization. Why for? Because -- after spending all of...
  • Blog Post: Are proposed cuts already hobbling DAK's "Forbidden Mountain?"

    God, I hate to write stories like this. I mean, some people really seem to get their jollies by throwing together articles about how Disneyland's new "Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" ride is apparently underwhelming. Or how -- in order to contain costs -- the Imagineers were forced to constantly...
  • Blog Post: Joke for One

    How many of you out there are familiar with Tom Morrow, the Audio Animatronic figure (voiced by Nathan Lane) that hosts the "Innoventions" exhibit in Disneyland's Tomorrowland? I mean really familiar. As in: You haven't just watched this robot do all of his intro spiels to the various areas in "Innoventions...
  • Blog Post: E.T. goes home today. "Shrek 4D" arrives shortly.

    Today, with little or no fanfare, Universal Studios Hollywood will be closing its "E.T. Adventure" attraction. Why the lack of hoopla? Because the folks who run Universal's theme parks are deathly afraid of offending Steven Spielberg. You see (as you all are already no doubt aware), Mr. Spielberg is...
  • Blog Post: Why For did Aeosmith wind up as the hosts of Rock'n'Roller Coaster?

    First, Noel Aronson writes to ask: Hello: It's a little belated, but let me add to the list of people congratulating you on getting your own web site. The only problem is -- whenever I lose track of whatever site you happen to (be) writing for / on -- I always manage to find your new home just as...
  • Blog Post: Did you ever hear about ... "Khrushchev at Disneyland"?

    You know, I get letters like this all the time: Dear Jim - Don't you think that it's awful that the Walt Disney Company has started making movies that are based on its theme park attractions. Awful, creatively bankrupt films like "The Country Bears," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "The Haunted Mansion...
  • Blog Post: A JimHillMedia exclusive: Your first look at "Project Gemini"

    The dictionary defines "Gemini" as A constellation in the Northern Hemsiphere. The third sign of the Zodia. A remarkable event; an omen. Given all three of these meanings, I have to assume that the Imagineers had the third definition in mind when they opted to name their Future World redo "Project...
  • Blog Post: Why For did Disney artists have to paint new panties on Jessica Rabbit?

    BigbyWolf235 writes to ask: Dear Jim, Perhaps you can help settle a Disney Urban Legend for me. It seems since the beginning of films there have always been strange rumors as to things that were stuck in the backgrounds of scenes. In THE WIZARD OF OZ there was always the rumor of the Munchkin hanging...
  • Blog Post: The Other "Back to the Future: The Ride" ride film

    You know, I hammer pretty hard on the Mouse. On a fairly regular basis, I'm posting articles that go into great detail about how the Walt Disney Company cut corners on this project or that film or whatever. And it just doesn't seem fair that I always take aim at the very same target. So today, I thought...
  • Blog Post: Will this weekend's Columbia tragedy delay the launch of Epcot's "Mission: Space" attraction?

    Bobo B. wrote to me on Sunday to ask: Jim: I know that - in the wake of this weekend's Columbia tragedy - that it may seem incredibly crass or insensitive to bring up something as trivial as a theme park ride at a time like this. But still I have to wonder: What impact (if any) do you think that the...
  • Blog Post: No more Mr. Nice Mouse?

    I just got off the phone with my old pal, Eric C. Eric's currently down in Orlando, wrapping up a 4-day trip to Walt Disney World with his wife and kids. Eric C. gave me a ring today to pass along a somewhat bizarre experience that he and his family just had at the Magic Kingdom. It seems that Eric C...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 - Intro

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