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Jingle Cruise is a bungle in the jungle, thanks -- in large part -- to the way this new holiday overlay has been promoted
So where exactly -- in the great holiday scheme of things -- does Disneyland Park 's latest attempt at a seasonal overlay fall? Is the Jingle Cruise that Xmas gift which you've always dreamed of getting or more of an itchy sweater? Changing a single letter makes a really big difference at this...
17 Nov 2013
The Headless Horseman heads on out, expanding his turf beyond Walt Disney World for the 2013 Halloween season
You think -- what with all the attention that he's been getting lately -- you'd think that the Headless Horseman would have a bigger head. If he had a head, I mean. Copyright 2013 FOX and its related entities. All rights reserved To explain: Until relatively recently, if you were looking for...
28 Oct 2013
Monday Mouse Watch: Why that AVATAR concept art got unveiled in Japan rather than stateside. And what's in the works for the Disneyland Resort in regards to "Star Wars"
It's been a busy couple of days, Disney news-wise. With all sorts of official announcements being made and weird rumors bubbling up. So as a special Columbus Day treat, I thought that it might be fun to dig down into this pile and then offer some additional information about some of the stories that...
14 Oct 2013
How Mark Renfrow brewed up "Unleashed the Villains" for Disney's Hollywood Studios
By now, you've no doubt heard about what happened at Disney's Hollywood Studios this past Friday night. How a New Year's Eve-sized crowd turned out for this " Limited Time Magic " event. Which led to some pretty interesting challenges for the very unlucky WDW cast members who were...
15 Sep 2013
Start of construction of Disney Springs parking garages means the end of the road for WDW's Pleasure Island nightclub complex
Last month when I was out at the D23 EXPO , longtime Imagineer Doug Hartwell was nice enough to give me a brief tour of the "Journey into Imagineering pavilion. Doug Hartwell and Jim Hill stand in front of the Disney Springs model. Photo by Nancy Stadler As part of that tour, we stopped in front...
5 Sep 2013
1st beta test of MyMagic+ gets a somewhat mixed response from WDW Guests
So it's been a week now since the first big on-property beta test of MyMagic+ was held, where Guests staying at four different WDW resorts were given the opportunity to personalize their vacation experiences. Of course, when these people elected to be part of the MyMagic+ beta test, I don't think...
18 Aug 2013
"Building Tall" reveals the challenges that Tishman Realty & Construction faced while building EPCOT Center
Since sinkholes are back in the news again in Central Florida , Hungry Howie was inspired to drop me a line earlier today to ask about the sinkhole that almost swallowed EPCOT Center back during the construction of that theme park: For years now, I've been hearing stories about EPCOT's sinkhole...
5 Jun 2013
Mouseketrips - Disney VISA Free Dining 2013
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Disney VISA Free Dining 2013 2013-05-06 07:39:14-04 Travel Dates : September 2 – 25, 2012 The Walt Disney World ® Resort has released a new Free Dining offer to cover dates from September 2 through September 25, 2012. Only selected dates and resorts are available. Please note that in order...
5 May 2013
Are Disney's new interactive queues actually encouraging theme park Guests to be more destructive?
Figment's Friend sent me a rather anxious e-mail last week. This JHM reader wanted to share a bit of news coming out of WDW's Magic Kingdom which had really upset him: Did you see what happened to that portrait of Tony Baxter which was hung in the new interactive queue of Big Thunder Mountain...
25 Mar 2013
"Hatch! Brainstorming Secrets of a Theme Park Designer" takes you inside the development of Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Chris sent me an e-mail earlier this week in regards to the "Unofficial Guide Disney Dish" podcast that I do with Len Testa , where he asked: "Where do you get all of the stories that you tell on these podcasts? I'm a big Disney history buff. But you always seem to have these behind...
21 Mar 2013
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