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    This week, in an extra special edition of JimHillMedia's Q & A column, Jim Hill deals with a single mountainous question. As in: What's the deal with these proposed WDW additions: the Matterhorn, Mount Fuji / Fire Mountain and Forbidden Mountain? Then - just before he slides into a coma - Jim takes a moment to thank everyone who was nice enough to kick in a few bucks last week....
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    Reinventing the WDW vacation experience with "Destination Disney"

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    If you're planning a trip to Disney World over the next year or so, please keep your eyes and ears open, okay? Why for? Well, Jim Hill reports on how the Mouse may soon begin field testing a brand new program that could effectively change forever how we vacation at WDW....
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    Mickey (finally!) plays it smart

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    Tired of writing about how the Mouse is always screwing up, Jim Hill tells a tale about how the corporation's recent clever business dealings with KirchMedia may actually give the Walt Disney Company the inside edge when it comes to acquiring the Jim Henson Company....
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    "What we have here is a failure to communicate ..."

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    In revisiting the "Lilo & Stitch" 2-disc DVD debacle mentioned in last Friday's "Why For" column, Jim Hill exposes an even bigger problem at the Mouse House. Which is: Has the Disney corporation finally grown so large that the company's different divisions can no longer effectively communicate with one another? Read and learn ... ...
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    Jim Hill -- the man who just doesn't understand how "to make a long story short" -- returns with even more long-winded answers to your Disney related questions. This week, Jim jabbers on and on about Sean Connery and Chris Farley, shares some disturbing news about the 2-disc deluxe edition of the "Lilo & Stitch" DVD as well as some happy info about Disney's "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" movie ... then makes a blatant bid for your bucks! ...
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    Walt Disney's Missouri: The Roots of a Creative Genius

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    Don't be thrown off by this book's seemingly narrow subject matter. Burnes, Butler and Viets' book about Walt's days in the "Show Me" state will really show you a good time....
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    Did Disney make a mammoth mistake?

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    Is "Ice Age" the big one that got away? Jim Hill reveals how Mouse House executives actually had a chance to acquire this year's top grossing feature length animated film (to date), but blew it because they didn't think that this Fox flick was up to WDFA's incredibly high standards. (Say what?)...
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    "Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality" misses greatness by mere inches

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    In the debut of JimHillMedia.com's new book review section, Jim weighs in on Alain Littaye and Didier Ghez's profusely illustrated volume on the Parisian Disney Park. Mind you, Hill loves all the illustrations. He just wishes that the text that accompanied the pictures was a little heftier. ...
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    Jim Hill returns with an extra special edition of this site's Q & A column. This week -- in one marathon-length response to a single question -- Jim reveals why a WDW clone of Disneyland's popular "Indiana Jones Adventure" attraction hasn't been built yet, what happened to that faux-wooden roller coaster that was supposed to have part of DAK's Dinoland U.S.A., as well as the bizarre chain of events that lead Hill to find out some of the info that was used in today's column. ...
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    I just flew in from Orlando (And - Boy! - are my arms tired)

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    Jim Hill (that lazy slob) finally gets back to work, filling you in on what he's got in the works for the next six weeks at the site. ...
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    The King of the Run-on Sentence returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim goes on (and on and on ...) about Disneyland's Chinatown, why "Aladdin" won't be going Platinum next year, and why it's Lenny (and not Benny) the Cab. Also: Cast your vote for the series that you want Jim to finish next ......
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    A two hour long commercial?! What a "Beast"-ly thing to do!

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    Why on earth would the Walt Disney Company be showing "Beauty and the Beast" - a film that the Mouse only put up for sale in the DVD format four weeks ago - for free on ABC this coming Sunday night? Jim Hill reveals the method to Mickey's marketing madness....
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    Well, whaddaya know? Michelle actually got one right?!

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    Do you recall that Thomas-Schumacher-has-been-fired rumor that we ran here last week? Well, how about how Jim Hill tried to do some damage control on that very same story late last Friday? Now - FINALLY - the whole story can be told ... ...
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    Jim Hill's back with even more long winded answers to your questions about the Walt Disney Company. This week, we learn all about Tim Burton's dealings with the Mouse House, animated shorts that you didn't get to see, a suspenseful sub-plot that was cut out of "Mulan" as well as an apology....
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    Want to get an advance peek at a magical movie that Disney may be making soon? Go pick up a copy of Clive Barker's "Abarat"

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    Jim Hill gives you the skinny on the exciting new series of stories that renown horrormeister Barker has just churned out. A wildly imaginative quartet of children's books that the Mouse is hoping it can successfully translate into a trilogy of films, a variety of theme park rides, interactive computer games and more....
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    "Tarzan" drives "The Little Mermaid" to the "Hoopz"?! Late breaking sports news? Nah. Just what's next from Disney Theatrical

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    So it's going to be a few years 'til the stage version of "Mary Poppins" blows into town. Big deal. Jim Hill fills you in on what else the Mouse has currently in the works for Broadway. ...
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    Jim Hill answers even more of your Disney related questions. This time around, it's three about the sea. As in: Where exactly is Walt Disney World's first wave machine located, what's the deal with that missing shark scene in "The Little Mermaid"and - finally - a follow-up on yesterday's controversial "Finding Nemo" story. ...
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    Is Disney trying to torpedo "Nemo"?

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    There's reportedly been a lot of bad buzz swirling around Hollywood concerning Pixar's next picture. But is all this negative news about "Finding Nemo" really legit? Jim Hill attempts to get to the bottom of this somewhat sea-dy story....
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    What's in a name? Plenty! (At least according to Mickey's lawyers)

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    Why is King Louie's brother (Larry) allowed to drop in at "House of Mouse," but not King Louie himself? Jim Hill exposed some of the pitfalls involved with suing the Walt Disney Company. ...
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    Sub Scam

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    After a big three day weekend of TV watching, Jim Hill reveals some of the more memorable ways that Disney World cast members have faked out resort guests - as well as senior Mouse House management - over the past few years.

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    In his patented long winded style, Jim Hill answers questions about Frank Wells, Quasi's bells, and Hell's former occupants....
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    Scenes that You DIDN'T Get to See: Like the prologue from "Beauty and the Beast"

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    Jim Hill takes you through a memorable moment from Disney's 1991 animated classic that ultimately DIDN'T make it into the final version of the film....
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    Did Mickey Miss Out on the Muppets?

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    As the marathon-length sale of the Jim Henson Company reportedly draws to a close, Jim Hill asks: Are the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers really going to snatch Kermit & Co. away from the Mouse? ...
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    Two Really Good Reasons Why You Ought to be Watching the Disney Channel

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    Jim Hill sings the praises on two Zoog Disney series that are primarily aimed at tweens (But are still pretty entertaining for the rest of us): "Kim Possible" and "The Proud Family"...
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    "Why For" returns!

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    Your questions about the Walt Disney Company (the obscurer the better) answered in that patented long-winded Jim Hill style...
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