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  • Blog Post: The "American Adventures" we almost got

    America, spread your golden wings Sail on freedom's wind, across the sky Great bird, with your golden dreams Flying high, flying high ... As any good Disneyana fan will tell you, those are the words to "Golden Dreams." The theme song (so to speak) of Epcot 's " American Adventure ." But what many folks...
  • Blog Post: What will 2006 bring for the now New-Year's-Eve-free Pleasure Island?

    There's one episode of " The Simpsons " that Disneyana fans dearly love. You know the one that I'm talking about: " Itchy and Scratchy Land ." That's the episode where the Simpsons vacation at a theme park that's obviously patterned after Disneyland. And -- of course -- much Mouse-based satire ensues...
  • Blog Post: Could a monster be what's needed to keep DisneyToon Studios off the chopping block?

    Tomorrow morning, all eyes will be on Gobbler's Knob . To see if Punxsutawney Phil , the world's most famous groundhog, actually sees his shadow when he emerges from his burrow. Thereby determining whether or not we're in for another six weeks of winter. Now what's kind of funny about all this is that...
  • Blog Post: Big John

    Ev'ry morning at the mine, you could see him arrive He stood 6 foot 6, weighed 245 Kinda broad at the shoulders, narrow at the hip And everybody knew you didn't give no lip to Big John. Big John Big John Big Bad John Big John Okay. I know. Not everyone who reads JHM is going to get a reference to a Jimmy...
  • Blog Post: Could it finally be time for Disney to drop a few Stitches?

    Last Wednesday, Kevin C. sent along this e-mail: Hi Jim! Long time lurker, many times reader of your columns. Love the web site. Enough with the kissing up. I live literally behind the Magic Kingdom parking lot here in Orlando. Photo by Robert Bish The last time I was in the park ... I noticed the official...
  • Blog Post: Why For Returns!

    First, Brother Bare writes in to ask: Jim: I'm glad to hear that you're soon going to be starting up your weekly "Why For" columns again. But what I don't understand is why you stopped writing that column in the first place. It was honestly my favorite feature at JHM. And I know that a lot of friends...
  • Blog Post: When it comes to the Disney / Pixar merger, does "Happily Ever After" come at too high a price?

    Well, Wall Street finally got what it wanted. The merger of Pixar Animation Studios and the Walt Disney Company. And based on what I've been reading on the Web, it would appear that virtually every Disneyana fan is now out there dancing in the street. Giddy at the possibilities of what lies ahead. Well...
  • Blog Post: Long lines, breakdowns mar "Expedition Everest" cast member preview weekend

    You think that -- with a line that extended all the way back to the Disney Vacation Club information booth in Asia -- that you'd be dealing with some extremely crabby people. But yesterday, one of the most polite, upbeat crowds in the world stood patiently in the hot sun & humidity. Waiting for their...
  • Blog Post: "Expedition Everest" merchandise is flying off the shelves

    Alright. After viewing the amazing animation of "Expedition Everest" 's Yeti in silhouette ... ... as well as having a far-too-close encounter with the enormous AA version for this fearsome creature ... How are you going to celebrate surviving your trip to DAK's Forbidden Mountain?...
  • Blog Post: Is Steve Jobs really the right man for the job?

    The Web has been awash lately with lots of rumors about a new Disney / Pixar deal. One of the more prominent stories involves Steve Jobs selling upwards of a third of his personal holdings in that animation studio to the Walt Disney Company. And -- in return for agreeing to do this -- the Mouse would...
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