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  • 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

  • Blog Post: Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 1

    Perhaps longtime Disneyland attractions supervisor Bruce Kimbrell was the one who said it best. While serving as the master of ceremonies at the 2001 edition of "Flashback" (a cast-members-only talent show that Disneyland staffers hold each year in an effort of raise money for Orange County's "Make A...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 2

    On the strength of "Fantasmic!"'s overwhelming success, staffers at Disneyland's Entertainment office were finally given permission to do something that they'd wanted to do for years: develop a replacement for the Main Street Electrical Parade. To hear Mike Davis, then-Disneyland Vice President and executive...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 3

    To hear the Disneyland Entertainment staff tell the story, it was all Tinker Bell's fault. You see, ever since Peter Pan's pal made her small screen debut on the very first broadcast of the "Disneyland" TV show, people have been associating this spritely little sprite with the Anaheim theme park. Which...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 4

    Okay. I know. Today, we were supposed to get into all the behind-the-scenes stuff. All the technical problems that "Light Magic" had prior to its disastrous May 1997 debut. I was to explain why exactly the "streetacular" was in such rough shape when it was first performed for Disneyland's Annual Passholders...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 8

    So when did the bad buzz on "Light Magic" really begin to spread? Obviously, Disneyland's technical staff -- the people who'd been putting in 18-hour days for weeks now, trying to get those "rolling stages" ready for their May 13th debut -- must have told their family members that "Light Magic" was an...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 5

    There's this myth about the Walt Disney Company (one that the Mouse itself likes to promote) that no other corporation can ever beat the Mouse when it comes to cross promotion. Disney likes to call this practice "synergy": Mickey's ability to use every single division of the company to cross promote...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 6

    Just a quick note before we get started here today. I want to take a moment to thank all of you nice people for being so patient with this series. The computer problems that Nancy and I have been having lately have made it extremely difficult for the revamped version of this series to move forward in...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 7

    You honestly have to wonder what's worse: Having disaster strike you unexpectedly, or knowing full well that you're marching to your doom. Disneyland's Entertainment staff didn't really have a choice in the matter. By the middle of March 1997, they already knew that "Light Magic" was in serious trouble...
  • Blog Post: What to do when confronted by a clipboard

    Back when he was actually funny, Woody Allen used to do this great little throwaway bit in his stand-up act. If I'm remembering correctly, the gag went something like: "My parents used to tell me that -- if I was ever approached by a strange man in a fast car who was offering me candy -- that I should...
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