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Tony Baxter to transition from being a full-time Imagineer to becoming WDI advisor
You're going to be seeing a lot of stuff about Tony Baxter online today. Stories about how this longtime Disney Company employee (i.e. Tony started at Disneyland Park back in August of 1965 as a sweeper and eventually rose through the ranks to become Senior Vice President of Creative Development...
1 Feb 2013
Walt Disney World pushes back the initial roll-out / in-park test of MagicBands to late February / early March
You only get one chance to make a first impression. Which is why Walt Disney World's initial roll-out / in-park testing of the MagicBands component of MyMagic+ -- which was supposed to begin being offered to Guests staying at Disney's Boardwalk Resort next month -- has quietly been pushed back...
28 Jan 2013
From the JHM Archives: Exploring Marc Davis' Enchanted Snow Palace
Go ahead. Ask a Disneyana fan who Marc Davis was. Better yet: Find yourself a comfy chair, sit down, and THEN ask a Disneyana fan who Marc Davis was. Marc Davis shows Walt one of the Audio Animatronic figures that were built based on his designs for Disneyland's "Pirates of the Caribbean"...
3 Jan 2013
Why For do the WDW monorails not make a stop at Wilderness Lodge?
First up, Brandon S. writes in to say: Hi Jim, I love listening to the Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish podcasts with you and Len Testa . Even when you guys are touring the resorts and not just the Theme Parks its really cool to here all the stories about how things came to be. One question I always...
13 Dec 2012
The Gaylord Palms' Christmassy DreamWorks Experience translates into lots of holiday face time with the "Shrek," "Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" characters
Francis T. sent me this e-mail yesterday: I know that you mostly write about Disney. But my eight year old has recently discovered the Dreamworks animation movies and is now completely obsessed with Shrek . We're headed to Orlando next month. So I was wondering if you had any recommendations about...
27 Nov 2012
Will New Fantasyland's flying dragon fare better than Epcot's "Skylaidescope" & "Surprise in the Skies" ultralights?
Have you been following that "Believe in Fantasy" thing that the Disney Parks Blog has been doing over on Tumblr ? If not, you may want to head on over there now and get in on the fun. You see, Gary Buchanan & Co. are using the bread crumb technique when it comes to promoting that flying...
23 Nov 2012
Looking back at the 2012 edition of IAAPA's Attractions Expo
Over the past week or so, I've gotten a number of e-mails from JHM readers about this year's Attractions Expo . People wanting to know more about what it was like to wander the floor of the Orange County Convention Center after the International Association of Amusement Park & Attractions...
21 Nov 2012
Never mind about Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Meet blogger in a bog
As a child growing up in Massachusetts, I vividly remember these family road trips that we'd take in the Fall. Where -- as we'd zoom along the highway, headed for the Bay State's South Shore for some family function -- I'd occasionally catch a glimpse of a cranberry bog. Now you have...
2 Oct 2012
Never mind about the $1.1 billion Disney just spent on its DCA redo. Why For isn't anyone talking about the billions Mickey has poured into WDW over the past 3-to-5 years?
Brian K. dropped me a line on September 3rd to say: Hey Jim! I can't get enough of your site and I literally feel like I "grew up" reading your insight into the parks and attractions, so thanks! I feel like I already know the answer to this, but do you think we might ever see a major investment...
6 Sep 2012
Ron Schneider's "From Dreamer to Dreamfinder" is a hilarious & informative insider's view of the themed entertainment business
My apologies, folks. I know that JHM has been extremely light on content this past week or so. But I have been traveling. Dear Lord, have I been traveling. I wonder how many Frequent Flyer miles The Dreamfinder racked up while he was flying this contraption around EPCOT Center's Kodak pavilion? Copyright...
15 Aug 2012
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