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"Family Fun Weekends" give Southern Californians an extra incentive to revisit the Disneyland Resort
There's kind of a perception out there that - once the holiday season wraps up in Southern California - that the Disneyland Resort isn't much as fun to visit as it used to be back in October , November and December. Which is kind of understandable. Right now, anyway. Given that Disney California...
18 Jan 2011
Knott's canned food drive helps make the post-holiday period brighter for Orange County families
Tomorrow's Epiphany AKA Little Christmas . Which means - for you procrastinators out there - that it's finally time to take down your Xmas decorations and then pack them away for yet another holiday season. That's what Disneyland staffers are doing inside of The Haunted Mansion right now...
5 Jan 2011
Between working with WDI and a new stage show, 2010 was loaded with "Great Moments" for John Tartaglia
What's the weirdest place you ever got a job offer? Because I bet John Tartaglia has you beat. Let me set the scene for you. It's September of 2009. And the star of " Johnny and the Sprites " - having a fun few days exploring & experiencing the inaugural D23 Expo - was over at Disneyland...
16 Dec 2010
The 2010 holiday season kicks into high gear at Disneyland, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando
With only 20 days now 'til Christmas, theme parks around the country are really getting serious about the holiday season. Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer / Disneyland. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved At the Park that started it all, this past Friday, JHM's Shelly Valladolid got...
6 Dec 2010
"Universal Orlando 2011" reveals The Wizarding World of Harry Potter's best-kept secrets
Hey, did I ever tell you my favorite grace-under-pressure story? It happened just recently. And not to me, thank God. But - rather - to poor Rupert Grint , the talented young actor who's played Ron Weasley in all of the "Harry Potter" movies to date. Photo by Jim Hill Now let me take a...
26 Oct 2010
Knott's Berry Farm rises above the competition with its new WindSeeker ride
Southern California is an incredibly competitive market. Especially when it comes to themed entertainment. So what with the Disneyland Resort rolling out its new World of Color nighttime water spectacular this past June and Mickey's Soundsational Parade & DCA 's " The Little Mermaid...
24 Aug 2010
“Harry Potter” cast members lead the way at Wizarding World’s grand opening
By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the huge crowds that turned up on Friday . The line that stretched all the way back into CityWalk . Which was full of Harry Potter fans determined to be among the first to visit IOA ’s Wizarding World . Photo by Jim Hill Mind you, one of the main reasons that these...
21 Jun 2010
“Freedomland” looks back at “The Disneyland of the East”
“Mommy and Daddy, take my hand, Take me out to Freedomland ” I know, I know. That radio jingle may not be familiar to all you Disneyland and Walt Disney World fans. But for kids who grew up in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in the early 1960s, that was the sweet siren song of “The Disneyland of...
16 Jun 2010
Monday Mouse Watch: I'm dreaming of a red + white + blue + green + yellow Christmas
My apologies if this week's Monday Mouse Watch is somewhat on the short side. But I just got back from Southern California. And since I'm flying down to Florida tomorrow morning to start covering the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I really don't have time to write a full-blown...
14 Jun 2010
New book takes a behind-the-dreams look at the way Walt Disney Imagineering really works today
Okay. Last week, JHM reviewed a new hardcover that would be the perfect graduation present for any artists and animators that are on your gift list. This time around, I'd like to talk up a book that would be a great selection for any would-be Imagineers you may have in your extended family. And that...
9 Jun 2010
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