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Is Disney's Hollywood Studios thinking of turning PI's "Comedy Warehouse" show into this theme park's seasonal safety valve?
I know, I know. It's the holidays. So hearing people go "Ho-Ho-Ho" this time of year isn't all that unusual. But that steady wave of laughter which has been rolling out of the ABC Sound Studio at Disney's Hollywood Studios since this past Sunday, that IS kind of unusual. Especially...
29 Dec 2011
5 golden rings, 4 calling birds, 3 Disney podcasts ...
Ben wrote in a while ago to ask: "What happened to those Unofficial Guide Disney Dish podcasts that you were doing with Len Testa ? I really enjoyed the first two recordings and thought that there were supposed to be more shows in this iTunes series. Didn't you also record walk-thrus of Disney's...
21 Dec 2011
How the Imagineers came to create the "Country Bear Christmas Special" show
Back when I lived in Central Florida in the early-to-mid 1990s, one of my favorite things to do this time of year was to go into Frontierland at WDW 's Magic Kingdom and then catch a performance of "Country Bear Christmas Special." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved...
18 Dec 2011
Kevin Yee's "'Earbook 2011" and "Christmas at Walt Disney World" are books that will help you book your next WDW vacation
Kevin Yee is a cyborg. Mind you, that's my theory. I don't have any definitive proof. Not yet, anyway. Copyright Ultimate Orlando Press. All rights reserved But there has to be some sort of logical explanation as to why this MiceAge columnist has become the Terminator of Disneyana-related authors...
9 Dec 2011
Looking back at Walt Disney World's very first Thanksgiving Weekend
Earlier this Fall, Disneyana fans could be heard all around the Web griping about the Company's plans for Walt Disney World 's 40 th anniversary. Or lack thereof. "I don't get it," (or words to that effect) was the constant refrain that you saw online. "Why isn't Disney...
24 Nov 2011
Epcot brightens up its International Food & Wine Festival by bogging down
It's once again Food & Wine time at the Walt Disney World Resort . Photo by Angela Ragno Now in its 16 th year, Epcot 's International Food & Wine Festival is in full swing. For the next five weeks, foodies will eagerly be eating their way around World Showcase, sampling cuisine from...
10 Oct 2011
Why For did Epcot's Future World not turn out as WED had originally planned?
Epcot Enthusiast wrote in this week to say: I saw a Tweet today that said that you and Len Testa were touring Future World and World Showcase recording stories for a new " Unofficial Guide Disney Dish with Jim Hill" podcast. Epcot is my very favorite WDW theme park. Could you please share some...
7 Oct 2011
Remembering Disney theme park conceptual artist Collin Campbell
How many times have you looked at a piece of Disney theme park concept art and thought: "Oooh, I wanna go there right now." Collin Campbell's painting of the Fort Wilderness Railroad Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Collin Campbell was an absolute master when it came...
11 Apr 2011
Why Walt Disney Feature Animation opted NOT to make "My Peoples"
I'm sure that you're already familiar with that Audio Animatronic version of Abraham Lincoln which appears in The Hall of Presidents at WDW 's Magic Kingdom . Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved And maybe you've seen that cool, new NextGen version of Honest Abe which...
21 Feb 2011
How the "Disney World" project was described to Florida legislators back in February of 1967
If you've visited Walt Disney World recently, I bet that you got to see some of the fun 40 th anniversary items that the Resort's shops currently have in stock. And as we get closer to October 1 st (i.e. WDW's official opening date), I'd imagine that we'll see even more 40 th anniversary...
4 Feb 2011
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