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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Rumblings at the WDI water cooler

    It's a really interesting time at Walt Disney Imagineering. Plenty of people on edge right now. Which -- given all the rumors that have been flying around Flower Street lately -- is understandable. All this talk about another round of lay-offs coming in October. Right at the start of Disney's new fiscal...
  • Blog Post: Did Disney execs unintentionally slip "Philharmagic" a Mickey?

    Sometimes I hate my job. What do I mean by that? Well ... I know that there are a lot of very nice people at Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Feature Animation who worked very hard on "Mickey's Philharmagic." Truly talented folks who labored for months to turn classic Disney characters (toons...
  • Blog Post: Why For? : Epcot's Space Center, Jim Korkis and Walt Disney World swamp boat rides

    First up, Lee H. sends along a note and a photo, seeking some info about Disney's original plans for Epcot's Space pavilion: Hey Jim, First off, let me just say that I love the site. This is despite the fact that you tend to leave me hanging on some of your longer stories (remember Tower Tales...
  • Blog Post: Covering the Coverage

    Let me say at the very start of this column that my intention here is NOT to make light of last Friday's tragic events at Disneyland. After all, a man died. And 10 other tourists were injured. Some of them seriously. So there's nothing fun or funny to be found in a subject like that. But -- that said...
  • Blog Post: Why For wouldn't J.K. Rowling let Universal Studios build a Harry Potter stunt show?

    No doubt, you've heard this rumor before. It's the story that's been fascinating Disney and Harry Potter fans for the past few weeks. But it was H.C. who did the best job with this question when they wrote in to ask: Every once in a while, Universal Orlando President Bob Gault holds a "Lunch...
  • Blog Post: Never mind "Captain EO" -- what about "Captain Eeyore" ???

    You know, it's getting harder and harder to predict what's going to set you guys off. Take -- for example -- Last Friday. As part of my most recent "Why For" column , I answered a reader's question about "Captain EO." To be specific: A query about whether this 17-minute long 3D spectacular was ever going...
  • 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...
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