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Where Disneyland almost was (and what's now in the works for the Happiest Place on Earth)
It's been an amazing eight days here in Southern California. I've met with a lot of great people while I was out here. And these folks then shared tons of tremendous stories. Many of which I'll be posting on JHM & the Huffington Post in coming weeks. But before I blow town, I did want...
11 Sep 2014
Walking around Walt 's backyard high in the Hollywood Hills at Disney's Woking Way house
Greetings from LA. I'm out in Tinsel Town this week for some JHM & HuffPost-related business. But while I was out West ... Well, I wanted to get a few items off of my Hollywood-related bucket list. So my first stop yesterday was the Hollywood Heritage Museum. Photo by Jim Hill For those of you...
5 Sep 2014
Do you wish that Comic-Con could come to you? Then check out D23's touring Fanniversary celebrations
Go ahead. Admit it. After hearing about all that cool stuff Comic-Con attendees got to see last week, you're now wishing that you'd gone down to San Diego. But then again, when you factor in what it would have cost to travel to Southern California (Not to mention that all 130,000 badges which...
1 Aug 2014
So which Hollywood legend was actually responsible for the creation of "it's a small world"? Would you believe Mommy Dearest?
I realize that everyone out there in Online-land is already getting ready for the long Fourth of July Weekend. But before you plunge into three straight days of backyard barbeques & fireworks, I wanted to direct your attention to something cool that the Disney History Institute just posted: Project...
2 Jul 2014
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train literally puts a new face on the Disney theme park experience
When it comes to the Walt Disney Parks & Resorts , it's kind of a tradition that good enough isn't really good enough. Case in point: " Pirates of the Caribbean ." When Walt Disney first envisioned bringing buccaneers into his first theme park in the late 1950s, he was thinking...
27 May 2014
Remembering when Ronald Reagan came to EPCOT Center to see the President's Inaugural Bands Parade
After having dealt with those record low temperatures that this past Winter's Polar Vortex whipped up, I have to admit that I am genuinely enjoying this year's belated (but much appreciated) Spring. But that said, I recognize that late 2013 / early 2014 wasn't the only time that things got...
26 May 2014
Teaser trailer for Disney's next animated feature, "Big Hero 6," will debut on Yahoo Movies tomorrow at 9 a.m. Pacific Time
So how do you follow Disney "Frozen," the top grossing animated film of all time ? That Academy Award-winning motion picture which then went on became a pop culture phenomenon ? The movie that taught people around the planet to "Let It Go" ? The quick answer is: You don't. Borrowing...
21 May 2014
"Once Upon a Time," Disney wasn't always so careful when it came to the licensing of the Company's characters
I'm sure -- by now -- that you're heard that " Once Upon a Time " teased that Elsa from Disney "Frozen" will be coming to Storybrooke for Season 4 of this hit ABC series. Copyright American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved Now some of you out there (I'm...
12 May 2014
From the JHM Archives -- M - I - C in NYC : Disney at the 1964 New York World's Fair
There has long been this legend about the importance the 1964 New York World's Fair played in the history of the Walt Disney Company. How the Fair was supposed to be this vital stepping-stone in the creation of Walt Disney World. How Walt had to see if his theme park rides and attractions would meet...
27 Apr 2014
After 22 years, Lella Smith checks out as Creative Director of Disney's Animation Research Library
When Lella Smith 's 10-year-old godson, Rey, found out she was retiring from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library (ARL) , he was incredulous. "Why would you do that auntie?," he said. "You've got the coolest job in the world!" Smith has been the Creative Director for...
28 Mar 2014
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