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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: "Marching Along, We're Adventurers. Singing the Song of Adventurers ..."

    If I had to name the one thing that I enjoy most out of all the rides, shows, attractions, theme parks, resorts and whatnot that can now be found at Walt Disney World, my favorite would have to be the Adventurers Club. Photo by Jeff Lange Why For? Because this Pleasure Island Club takes everything that...
  • Blog Post: "Disney at Dawn" continues the adventures of the Kingdom Keepers

    When we left Finn, Willa, Philby, Charlene and Terry at the end of " The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark " (Disney Editions, September 2005), these five plucky teenagers had just defeated the Overtakers -- that mysterious group of characters led by Maleficent herself who were out to destroy WDW's...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch : The countdown begins for Pleasure Island's final public night

    You wanna make a WDW exec happy this week ? Then don't ask about Pleasure Island . To be specific: Don't ask them about the huge crowds that have been pouring onto the Island for the past two months, or the long lines that can now be found nightly outside of each & every one of PI's clubs (When's...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: The Adventurers Club that we almost got

    It's still hard for all us Adventurers Club fans to fathom that -- just seven weeks from now (give or take a day or two) -- that Pleasure Island will be no more. That on September 28th, WDW will permanently pull the plug on PI . Having spent many pleasant nights at the Club, I just can't imagine a Disney...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Just how spectacular was WDW's Bicentennial spectacular?

    Bradley R. writes in to ask: Jim -- I was just down at Disney World and I have to admit that the Magic Kingdom's "Celebrate America! -- A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky" show was pretty spectacular. But as good as those fireworks were, they got me thinking. Has Disney World ever staged a bigger display...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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