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    My, What Big Ears You Have

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    Disney CEO Michael Eisner insists that he's now listening to what the Walt Disney Company's critics have to say. Jim Hill really wants to believe him ... but has trouble overlooking Mickey's past hearing problems. ...
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    Toad you so!

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    As rumors continue to circulate about the pending closure of WDW's "Carousel of Progress" attraction, Jim Hill asks: Would it kill the Mouse to at least give this tired old Tomorrowland attraction a half decent send-off?...
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    Why For?

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    Jim provides even more long winded answers to your questions about the Walt Disney Company. ...
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    Why For?

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    In his patented long winded style, Jim Hill answers your questions about the Walt Disney Company....
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    When Good Attractions Happen to Bad Movies

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    Dinosaurs stomping down Main Street U.S.A.?! Giant mechanical sea monsters menacing guests in Tomorrowland's submarine lagoon?! Jim Hill reveals some of the great Disney theme park shows that we could have gotten ... If only the films that they were based on had made a few more bucks. ...
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    Vhat Vood Vault Do?

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    "Vault Disney" closes its doors on September 9th! Disneyana TV fans moan and gnash their teeth! Jim Hill finds the whole thing kind of bizarre. ...
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    Boags, Bears and Mooses (Meeses?)

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    Pretty much picking up where we left off yesterday, Jim fills you in on what's NOT going to happen at this site as well as what Disney Feature Animation is NOT calling its "Bears" project. ...
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    So how are we doing so far?

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    In honor of the one month anniversary of the launch of JimHillMedia.com, Jim revisits a few recent stories, then solicits suggestions as to what we can do to make this site more entertaining for our regular readers. ...
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    Just a moment ...

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    On the first anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, Jim stops with the senseless Disney-related yammering for a few minutes ... and asks you to reflect (albeit briefly) on last year's tragic events....
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    Jim Hill explores the origins of this much beloved Disney- MGM attraction.

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    Jim Hill explores the origins of this much beloved Disney- MGM attraction....
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    Discoveryland U.S.A. -- Part 1

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    Never mind Disneyland's late, lamented "Tomorrowland 2055" (the coolest proposed retheming of a Disney theme park land to never make it off the drawing board at WDI). Jim Hill now offers up photographic proof of the snazzy New Tomorrowland that Walt Disney World almost got. ...
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    Discoveryland U.S.A. -- Part 2

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    So how come this cool version of the future never made it over to Orlando? Jim Hill explains how too many hotels in France eventually resulted in Disney World getting a downsized Tomorrowland....
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    Universal Domination?

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    With media mogul Barry Diller reportedly waiting in the wings to take control of Universal Entertainment, things could get really interesting down in Orlando really soon....
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    "Pirates" already under attack? "Mansion" to be closed before it even opens?

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    In the wake of the disastrous box office performance of "The Country Bears" movie, the word out of Hollywood is that the Mouse may be having second thoughts about making more movies based on popular Disneyland attractions. ...
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    "Finally, a site that won't fire him." (I hope)

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    In his first official story for the website that bears his name, Jim Hill is not exactly thrilled to find himself back in the spotlight....
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    Can Coney make a comeback?

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    Borrowing a page from the successful revitalization of NYC's 42nd Street & Times Square area, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is actively looking for ways to turn around this historic seaside amusement district. But will a minor league baseball stadium be enough to bring back this blighted area in Brooklyn? ...
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    M - I - C in NYC

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    In another classic from the archive, Jim Hill exposes many of the myths and stories that have arisen over the years about Walt Disney Productions' involvement in the 1964 - 1965 World's Fair. ...
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    Texan with Big Dreams + Big Apple = Big Trouble

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    Learn how Six Flags theme park legend Angus Wynne Jr. bet big and lost big at the 1964 / 1965 NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR. Jim Hill explores the myths and legends that surround the story of the ill-fated Texas Pavilions.

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    Better In Japan : Tokyo Disneyland gets one honey of a ride

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    Why WDI's best rides and shows aren't going into Disney's stateside theme parks.

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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 1

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    On Saturday May 20th, 1,400 Disneyland fans will gather in New Orleans Square to take part in the special ticketed "Celebrating the Pirates of the Caribbean" event. These folks will have paid $85 apiece for the privilege of paying tribute to what many call the greatest theme park ride ever created. As part of the evening's festivities, these guests can attend a panel discussion featuring many of the folks who helped create this legendary attraction. These Imagineers are sure to reveal many never...
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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 2

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    OUR STORY SO FAR: Master Imagineer Marc Davis was hoping to build on the lessons WED had learned while creating Disneyland's "Pirates of the Caribbean." But - for a while there in 1967 - it looked like the Imagineers wouldn't get the chance to build any new attractions, as Roy O. Disney toyed with the idea of selling the company off to the Westinghouse Corporation. Eventually, Roy came to his senses and declared that Walt Disney Productions was not for sale. He also announced that the company *WOULD...
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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 4

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    OUR STORY SO FAR: In 1969, Master Imagineer Marc Davis convinced Roy Disney and WED head Richard Irvine to take on the most ambitious theme park attraction Walt Disney Productions would ever attempt to produce. "Western River Expedition" - a comical journey through the old West - would have made use of every trick Imagineering had in its book. The ride would feature dozens of audio animatronic figures as well as eye-popping special effects. To top it all off, "WRE" would be housed in the largest...
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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 5

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    OUR STORY SO FAR: Roy Disney personally okayed development of "Western River Expedition (WRE)," a massive new attraction for WDW's Magic Kingdom. Marc Davis - the Imagineer who dreamed up the original concept for the ride - wanted "WRE" to be the most ambitious theme park ride Walt Disney Productions had ever built. Those lucky enough to have seen Marc's concept drawings and / or view the model of the show say that this water based audio- animatronic extravaganza would have truly set the standard...
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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 6

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    OUR STORY SO FAR: If you've read Parts 1 through 6, you've already have a pretty good understanding of the history of "Western River Expedition." At least from the Marc Davis point of view. So there's no need for me to do yet another recap. But please be aware that Imagineering is a highly collaborative place. People of all ages - from all walks of life - work there. And these folks don't always get along. Imagineers often have disagreements about how certain theme park attractions should be constructed...
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    Why "Western River" Went South -- Part 7

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    OUR STORY SO FAR: 75 years of films, TV shows and videos have taught us that all Disney stories end happily, right? Well, not this time, kiddies. After five years of hard work and planning, Marc Davis watched as his dream project - "Western River Expedition," an audio animatronic extravaganza that could have been the best thing WED ever did - slowly fell from favor. But what could Marc do? Times had changed. Where once Disney theme park guests had gone gaga over elaborately themed attractions like...
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