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Monday Mouse Watch : Disney has trouble convincing guests to come make a "Magic Connection"
Well, the first field test of the Walt Disney World Resort 's new " Magic Connection " system was completed late last week. And -- to be honest -- things didn't go quite as well as WDI R & D had hoped they would. Don't get me wrong, folks. The problem wasn't with the technology. From what I hear...
27 Jan 2008
WDI's X-Scream Makeover of WDW's Haunted Mansion: Part 3
Picking up where we left off on Tuesday ... I know that this is going to sound a bit bizarre. Particularly given that -- back in 1955 -- Walt Disney built an entire theme park for just $17 million . But $30 million doesn't go as far as you might think these days. Which is why WDI really had to pick...
23 Oct 2007
What was it like to be at Disneyland and/or Walt Disney World six years ago today?
When people usually talk about what happened on 9/11, the focus (for obvious reasons) is on New York City, Washington D.C. and that field just outside of Shanksville, PA. But -- that said -- it's also important to remember what happened immediately after those four planes crashed. That sudden surge...
10 Sep 2007
Another Kingdom That Never Came: Disneyland expansion plans circa 1976
Mike P. wrote in yesterday to say: I loved last week's "Why For " about all the pavilions and attractions that were planned for Epcot and Disney World but ultimately never built. But what about Disneyland ? Do you have any information about rides, shows and attractions that were proposed for the Disney...
6 Sep 2007
A special "What's in a name" edition of Why For
First up, Michael R. writes in to ask: I was wondering if there was any specific reason why there has not been a release of the " Disney-MGM Studios " version of (the " Imagineering Field Guide ") series? They've released books for the other three parks and I understand now they're working on the CA...
9 Aug 2007
Confused about what the Walt Disney Company wants to do next in Anaheim? Then maybe it's time to take a second look at thirdthemepark.com
Earlier this week, Jill T. wrote in to say: According to today's Los Angeles Times , the Walt Disney Company and SunCal have failed to reach a compromise on that big housing project. So now we're back to Disney pushing the Anaheim City Council to get this zoning issue put on the November ballot. What...
8 Aug 2007
Third edition of "Hidden Mickeys" field guide is three times the fun
Notice anything unusual about those bundles of nerves that you see up there on the "Body Wars" sign? Photo courtesy of Jeff Lange Does anything (or should I say any one ) look familiar? Photo courtesy of Jeff Lange Yep. That's Mickey Mouse. Right in the center of the above photo. Directly above the blue...
7 Aug 2007
Monday Mouse Watch : Disney puts the Scrooge to guests attending "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party"
By now, you've probably heard that the Wand that's stood next to Spaceship Earth for the past eight years is being dismantled. Which many Disneyana fans have chosen to take as a sign that Walt Disney World has finally turned a corner. That -- from here on in -- the Mouse will concentrate on delivering...
22 Jul 2007
Monday Mouse Watch : Wanna peek at Bob Iger's vision for the future of the Walt Disney Company? And is "Ratatouille" really starting to fade in the Hollywood rat race?
You want to be able to look into the future? Particularly the Walt Disney Company's future? Okay, then. What you need to start doing then is staying home on Saturday nights and watching ABC 's " The Wonderful World of Disney " movie anthology series. During which you should pay particularly close attention...
15 Jul 2007
David Koenig's "Realityland" is a very entertaining Disney World exposé
You all know about Epcot, right? That futuristic city that Walt Disney hoped to build? Copyright Bonaventure Press That's the real reason that Walt bought all of that swampland in Central Florida in the early 1960s, you know. Not because the Old Mousetro really felt the need to build Disneyland East...
10 Jul 2007
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