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Hoops and hoopla highlight ESPN Wide World of Sports’ grand re-opening
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." Ah, but when Shakespeare wrote that over 400 years ago, he was talking about teenage romance. Not two hugely successful divisions of this massive corporation that – while they had been working together for more than...
26 Feb 2010
Monday Mouse Watch: Will Pop Century be rebranded as Disney's Animation Inn and Suites?
Okay. I know. This is a really tough time to be a Disney World fan. Especially with last week's news about how advance reservations for the Resort were 'way down and WDW officials were already getting ready for what looked to be an incredibly lean 2009. But -- you know -- it's not always going to be...
10 Nov 2008
Will Disney World's new "Buy 4 Get 3 FREE!" promotion really be enough to get you to book a trip to Orlando in early 2009?
Bob Iger didn't mince words during yesterday's earnings call . Though Disney's CEO said he was pleased with the Company's overall performance in fiscal 2008, 2009 looks to be a very different story. What with advance bookings at the Walt Disney World Resort down almost 10% from what they were a year...
7 Nov 2008
Disney hopes that our next Commander-in-Chief can inspire some consumer confidence
It all comes down to what happens tomorrow night. More importantly, Wednesday morning. As in: Who winds up in the White House and how Wall Street & consumers then react to this news. That's what I've repeatedly been told by Mouse House personnel. That the Walt Disney Company wants to see who wins...
3 Nov 2008
WDW officials knew that '09 was going to be a real challenge
Wayne C. sent in an interesting follow-up question to yesterday's article : "When exactly did Disney World executives realize that their resort was about to hit a rough patch? Based on some of the things they've done over the past six months (EX: Announcing back in July that they'd be closing Pleasure...
10 Oct 2008
Disney World postpones Fantasyland's facelift
Do you hear that squealing noise coming out of Burbank? That's the sound of Mouse House management stomping on the brakes. Slowing down (and -- in some cases -- shutting down entirely) some of the more ambitious projects that the Walt Disney Company currently has in the works. All because of what's been...
9 Oct 2008
Is free admission to a Disney theme park on your birthday really a good enough reason to schedule a "Celebration Vacation" ?
Okay. It's time to test your observational skills. Please check out the photo below of a typical NYC street scene and then identify the person and/or items that don't quite belong. Photo by Jim Hill That's right. It's the guy with all of those Mickey Mouse balloons who looks out of place in modern day...
19 Sep 2008
What's in a (Disney domain) name?
My apologies if today's column seems to be a bit on the light side. But you see, I'm in Southern California right now. Getting ready to spend the next four days fighting the crowds at the San Diego Convention Center while I try & cover Comic-Con. Given all of the prep time that's involved with covering...
22 Jul 2008
Still can't find Nemo? Then try looking inside of your room the next time you stay at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
First they conquered Hollywood. Then the Disney theme parks. But are you ready for Pixar-themed elements to start popping at WDW's resorts? And -- no -- we're not just talking about enormous decorative elements like you find over at Disney's All-Star Movies . Copyright Disney / Pixar. All Rights Reserved...
13 Jul 2008
Monday Mouse Watch : Inside "The American Idol Experience"
Now that " Toy Story Mania " has finally officially opened on both coasts , Disney Parks & Resorts turns its attention to the next high profile project on the horizon. Which is that " American Idol Experience " attraction which is due to open at Disney's Hollywood Studios sometime in January of 2009...
22 Jun 2008
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