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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
Pruning Carnation Plaza Gardens makes room for future growth at Disneyland
As any good gardener will tell you, Fall is a great time to prune. Why For? Because once the leaves are off the tree, you can actually see what you're doing. More to the point, flowering plants that are pruned back in the autumn usually experience vigorous regrowth the following spring. Photo by...
18 Sep 2011
WDI's "Carousel of Projects" looks to put a new spin on the D23 EXPO's Parks & Resort pavilion
So what was the very best part of the original D23 EXPO ? To be honest, that depended on what aspect of the Walt Disney Company most excites you. For fans of Disney's live-action movies, it would be hard to top that moment from the Studio Showcase when the wreckage of a sailing ship slowly rotated...
16 Aug 2011
Big Thunder model makes for a fun addition to the Disneyland Hotel
As part of this week's hit-and-run trip to Southern California, I made a special trip to the Disneyland Hotel yesterday. Just so I could then check out that replica of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad which had recently been installed in the Frontier tower lobby. Photo by Jim Hill When you're...
6 Jul 2011
Disneyland Resort kicks off its Soundsational Summer with the premiere of new attractions, parade
Greetings from Anaheim, California. Where I am right in the thick of the Disneyland Resort's Soundsational Summer media event. The Mouse has really pulled out the stops for this one, folks. Not only were Jodi Benson (i.e. the voice of Ariel for "The Little Mermaid" animated feature) and...
3 Jun 2011
Will a holographic version of Blackbeard soon begin appearing in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride?
Given that the pirate Angelica has begun making appearances in the Adventureland section of WDW 's Magic Kingdom Park as well as in New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park .... The face character version of Angelica has begun appearing at the Disney Parks. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights...
30 Apr 2011
It's Disney show-and-tell time on the Magical Definition podcast
It's been a very interesting week in the world of Disney entertainment. What with news coming out of Seattle that a brand-new stage version of "Aladdin" will be premiering at the 5 th Avenue Theatre July 7th - 31st . Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved This two-act musical...
23 Jan 2011
"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
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