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A special go-to-the-mall & under-the-sea & behind-the-scenes & up-in-the-air edition of Why For
First up, Tyler P. writes in to ask about: Jim -- While my family and I were down at Disney World last week, we spent an hour or so exploring Celebration . Which was kind of fun, except for the lack of places to shop. It took us less than 30 minutes to visit all of the stores along Market Street . Given...
29 Jun 2006
"Tarzan" original cast album showcases show's strong cast, masks this Broadway musical's many flaws
Well, the good news is that the original cast recording of " Tarzan " went on sale yesterday. And this CD is a highly polished, very professional produced representation of Disney's newest Broadway musical. The bad news is ... Though "Tarzan" 's talented cast labors mightily to make this show's score...
27 Jun 2006
Disney Press loads up bookstores with a record number of "Dead Man's Chest" -related titles
Picture -- if you will -- that it's early 2002. And you're an executive at Disney Consumer Products . And what do you find in your in-box one morning but the screenplay for a new live-action feature that the studio will soon begin shooting. Now your job at the company is evaluate scripts like this. Determine...
26 Jun 2006
ABC soap stars take center stage at "Beauty & the Beast" 's 5000th performance
That little gold sticker that's affixed to the front of " Beauty & the Beast " 's playbill pretty much says it all: "5000th performance." Only five other shows in the entire history of Broadway have ever run longer than that (And those shows are the still-running " Phantom of the Opera " [Which just...
21 Jun 2006
Monday Mouse Watch: Could "Cars" dwindling domestic box office clear the way for a "Monsters, Inc." sequel?
To hear Chuck Viane, the president of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, tell the story … Well, Walt Disney Studios was absolutely thrilled with the way that " Cars " performed this past weekend. With this Pixar Animation film pulling in $33.7 at the box office during its second weekend in domestic release...
19 Jun 2006
Wanna peek at the plot for "Pirates III"? How about "Ratatouille"?
When it comes to surprises, I'm not the most patient person. I mean, back when I was a kid ... As early as October, I was already tearing my family's house apart. Trying to find out where exactly my parents had hidden the presents. Just so I could know in advance whether or not I was getting something...
15 Jun 2006
"Cars," "Over the Hedge" soundtracks make for great traveling music
So I'm sitting at the computer late yesterday afternoon, inserting links in Chris Barry's " Disney Insider Yearbook " article, when Nancy says: "You do remember that you're supposed to pick your parents up tonight, right?" "Of course, I do," I replied. "And I've still got plenty of time. Their flight...
14 Jun 2006
Monday Mouse Watch: Excuses abound as to why "Cars" under-performed
The good news is ... " Cars " was No. 1 at the box office this past weekend, raking in $60.1 million. Which (according to Box Office Mojo ) gave this John Lasseter film the second highest opening weekend gross ever for a film that was released in the month of June (Only Warners' " Harry Potter &...
11 Jun 2006
Disney's next big dream to be revealed in the Big Apple tonight
"Soooo ... What exactly is Disney doing down in Soho tomorrow night?" That was the question that I kept getting asked yesterday afternoon. From reporters & Disneyana fans alike. Each of them interested in the super-secret soiree that the Walt Disney Company will be holding on Hudson Street later...
6 Jun 2006
Unrealized Epcot: Rides, shows & entire pavilions that never quite made it off the drawing board
Jamie B. writes in to say: I really enjoyed this past Friday's Why For . It was great to see that very early version of " The Living Seas " and finally get a sense of what the ride-thru attraction that was originally supposed to have been built there was supposed to have been like. Do you have any other...
5 Jun 2006
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