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Why For $1.2 billion may not be enough to cover the retheming of Disney's California Adventure
Oliver from Stuttgart writes in say ... This is Oliver from Germany. I am writing you today because I wonder whether you know new details about the retheming of DCA ? As far as I know a new Pixar parade and a new lagoon show have been approved already. But what about the general make-over of the themed...
26 Jul 2007
Why For Zac Efron doesn't have more fans in Mouse House management?
Mindy T. writes in to say: I'm a big Beyoncé fan. So last week's story about how Disney was after her to star in the movie version of "Aida" really excited me. Is there any other new on this project? Dear Mindy T. Talk between Ms. Knowles and the Mouse are continuing. And though Beyoncé has yet to officially...
12 Jul 2007
As "Tarzan" swings off Broadway, is Beyoncé getting ready to play Aida in Disney's next big movie musical?
First up, Kevin writes in to say: I was just wondering, how do Disney executives feel about the Wiggles joining up with Six Flags for the " Wiggles World " theme areas in their parks? Is this a sign that the Wiggles and Disney may be parting company soon? Kevin Dear Kevin -- Nope. You have to understand...
5 Jul 2007
Has "At World's End" got you at wit's end ? Then pick up a copy of "The Pirates Guidelines" and unravel the secrets of Disney's POTC trilogy
" Pirates of the Caribbean : At World's End " is many things. The highly anticipated conclusion to Disney's "Pirates" trilogy. One of the highest grossing films of the year (Earning over 3/4rs of a billion dollars worldwide in the past three weeks). Not to mention being a merchandising bonanza for the...
12 Jun 2007
Why (For) did Walt Disney actually have Disneyland's Submarine Voyage built ?
Julie L. writes in to say: All of the other Disney sites have been running stories this week about Disneyland 's " Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage ". So what's your take on this classic Tomorrowland attraction coming back to life after being shut down for almost nine years now ? Dear Julie -- To be honest...
7 Jun 2007
Why (For) Disney doesn't feel all that bad about missing out on the theme park rights to "Harry Potter" ?
As you might expect, I got an awful lot of e-mail yesterday concerning that "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" project that Universal Studios just announced. That $500 million re-theming of the "Lost Continent" section of Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park . First up, Kurt G. wrote in to say...
31 May 2007
"The Art of the Pirates of the Caribbean" pays tribute to this film trilogy's talented production design team
It's one thing for Disney Studio executives to decide to base a motion picture on the " Pirates of the Caribbean " theme park ride. It's quite another to take that bare-bones idea and then turn it something truly special. A series of films that people the world over could then enthusiastically embrace...
29 May 2007
Depp Perception : Why For did Johnny really want to work for Walt Disney Studios ?
Kelly T. wrote me yesterday to say: You didn't forget about that Matt McConaughey story that you started last week , did you? At this point, JHM readers have been waiting for almost a week for you to finally finish that story. Please don't leave us hanging ! Dear Kelly -- Sorry about that. Why don't...
24 May 2007
"Bring Me That Horizon" features a treasure trove of tales about Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy
Look, if you're a regular reader of JHM, I'm just going to assume that you already know what this is a picture of. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved Yep, that's Johnny Depp. Making his memorable entrance as Captain Jack Sparrow in the very first film of Disney's " Pirates of the...
22 May 2007
Monday Mouse Watch : Walt Disney Imagineering imagines itself a brand-new management team
There is an old Zen Koan that goes something like this: If a Tree Falls in the Forest, and No One is Around to Hear It, Does It Make a Sound ? Last week, Walt Disney Imagineering experienced the corporate equivalent of that tree falling in the forest. In that last Tuesday, there was this extreme makeover...
20 May 2007
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