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    3 days and counting: The Walt Disney Feature Animation-Florida countdown clock ticks on

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    As the deadline for the official announcement draws ever nearer, Jim Hill tries to pin down the exact moment that Mouse House managers lost their enthusiasm for Feature Animation-Florida; he seems to think that it had something to do with "Lion King II". PLUS a dramatic new development! ...
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    4 days and counting: The Walt Disney Feature Animation-Florida countdown clock ticks on

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    As more WDFA-F staffers chime in with their stories about what's really going on inside Disney-MGM's animation facility, Jim Hill asks: Why is the Orlando Sentinelso silent on this issue? Shouldn't the WDFA-F hometown paper be doing more reporting on this proposed closure?...
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    While Wandering Around the Web ...

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    ... Jim Hill stumbled onto three websites that are well worth a look-see. And while we don't want you to leave us, there's some great, fun, funny sites out there that you'll definitely want to pay a visit to....
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    5 days and counting: The Walt Disney Feature Animation-Florida countdown clock ticks on

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    In a bit of a change of pace, Jim allows an unnamed Disney Feature Animation exec to tell his side of the story. How the proposed closure of the Disney-MGM animation operation is an unfortunate but necessary step if WDFA is to survive beyond the next few years....
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    6 days and counting: The Walt Disney Feature Animation-Florida countdown clock ticks on

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    JimHillMedia.com continues to shine a spotlight on a story that Disney officials hope you aren't paying attention to: the proposed closure of the company's Central Florida animation studio. Today, one of this Disney-MGM facility's vets reveals how it feels like to be on the inside as all of this is going down....
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    At Disney Feature Animation-Florida, the Countdown Clock is ticking

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    With just days 'til Mouse House managers officially announce whether or not they'll be shutting down Disney-MGM's animation facility, Jim Hill shines a spotlight on this situation. With the hope that something can still be done to prevent Mickey from pulling the plug....
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    Another Monday Melange

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    As JimHillMedia.com gets into gear for the new year, Jim offers up an assortment of stories for your reading pleasure. This Monday morning, Hill talks about the Tournament of Roses / "Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" PR flap, reveals the new storyline that Imagineers have cooked up for the Tokyo DisneySea version of this Disney-MGM favorite, as well as offering up an explanation / expansion of last Monday's "Magical Gathering" article....
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    It's going to take more than just magic to pull off all of WDW's "Magical Gatherings" program

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    If you saw last Thursday's "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade" special on ABC, you no doubt heard (over and over and over again ...) about "Magical Gatherings" at Disney World. But here's something that you may NOT have heard: WDW's resort staff is not entirely sure that they can actually pull off this much hyped program....
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    Myth-Communication or Mything Out on the Mouse's Message

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    As we enter Week 3 of Roy Disney and Stanley Gold's campaign to oust Michael Eisner, Jim Hill wonders: Doesn't Disney's CEO realize that he's quickly emerging as the villain of this piece? And why doesn't Michael understand that the underlying messages from the very movies that Disney makes are working to unseat him?...
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, he reveals why "Aladdin"'s IMAX debut has been delayed, why "Home on the Range" is opening in April 2004, where to get a really snazzy t-shirt as well as finally announcing the winners of our "Epcot English Lesson" contest....
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    "Enchanted World" is just that

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    Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass created some of the most memorable animated Christmas specials ever to grace the small screen. Now that magic can be found between the covers of a great new book that Jim says was just made to be enjoyed during the holiday season. So as the snow is falling, microwave yourself a cup of cocoa and curl up with a new friend....
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    A Waste of "Space"

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    As the media's attention once again turns to Epcot's troubled "Mission: Space" attraction, Jim Hill reveals that -- as far back as three years ago -- Imagineering insiders knew that this Future World attraction was going to have problems. But -- despite repeated warnings from WDI about the "MS" ride system -- Disney Theme Parks and Resorts managers still insisted that this "Mission" go forward....
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    Disney Does Dean

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    Wondering what Roy Disney and Stanley Gold might be up to next? Then Jim Hill suggests that you go take a look at the playbook of Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean....
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    When it comes to Disney's CEO, denial isn't just some river in Egypt

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    As more stories leaks out about Michael Eisner's bizarre behavior over the past two weeks, Jim Hill has to ask: when is Disney's Big Cheese actually going to admit that Roy and Stanley's efforts are getting to him?...
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    Tracking down the truth about those delayed "Disney Treasures" DVDs isn't as easy as you might think

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    As promised, Jim Hill spent the weekend trying to get to the bottom of what actually happened with these delayed discs. Unfortunately, a definitive answer to this question may be months away. Jim explains why in today's column....
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    Erasing Roy: Rebuttals

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    You know, not everyone always agrees with Jim. Here's just a few of the e-mails that yesterday's article helped generate....
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    "Waking Walt": A fun read in the Michael Crichton / Jackie Collins tradition

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    Headed to the beach anytime soon (Or wish that you were)? Then Jim Hill recommends that you pick up a copy of Larry Pontuis' "Waking Walt," a fun new fantasy novel that expands on one of America's favorite urban legends....
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    Erasing Roy

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    Back in from the cold, Jim Hill serves up a hot new story about what's going on now with the Roy, Stanley and Michael situation. So what does any of this have to do with Wave 3 of the "Disney Treasures" DVD series? Read and learn....
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    Three hits and you're out?!

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    Before he heads on out to shovel the snow, Jim gives us a quick update about what's been going on at Disney Feature Animation-Florida....
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    Jim's feeling sorry for Michael Eisner?! Why For?

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    I know, I know. You were looking for a "Why For." Which (I promise) will be back up on the site next Friday. But today, Hill (before he heads off to Mousefest) explains why he's kind of feeling sorry for Disney's CEO....
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    Roy and Rudolph OR Jim Takes a Break

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    His head spinning from three straight days of covering the Roy, Stanley and Michael show, Jim decides to get out of town for a while. But -- before he does -- Mr. Hill clues you in on a great book and a fun event that's happening in NYC tonight!...
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    Are Roy and Stanley making a Rainbow Connection?

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    First Steve Jobs and John Lasseter. Now the Henson family? Jim Hill has news about who else Roy Disney and Stanley Gold have reportedly recruited to help out with their bid to oust Michael Eisner. Plus a further update on what's supposedly going on in the boardroom....
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    Storming the Magic Kingdom: Version 2.0

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    As Stanley Gold officially joins the "Oust Eisner" army, Jim Hill now turns our attention to the next significant players in this Disney boardroom drama: Steve Jobs and John Lasseter. Yep, this story's about to get REALLY interesting....
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    Did Roy jump the gun? Was there an Eisner exit strategy already in place?

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    As the news of Roy Disney's resignation letter continues to explode around the Web, Jim Hill reveals a lesser-known aspect of this story. That Disney's board of directors had allegedly already talked with Michael Eisner about his exiting the corporation. And Eisner had reportedly already agreed to vacate his CEO position by as early as September 2004!...
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    JimHillMedia.com presents: The Monday Mélange

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    The dictionary defines a mélange as being a "motley assortment of things." Well, that's exactly the sort of column that Jim Hill's serving up to JHM readers today: a motley assortment of moderately cool Disney-related stuff that popped in Jim's in-box over the past 72 hours. Enjoy!...
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