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Will pirates soon be returning to Treasure ... er ... Discovery Island?
Christy S. writes in to say: Jim When I was a little girl, my father and I flew down to Walt Disney World . This was just a year or so after the resort opened and I distinctly remember taking a boat ride with my father out to some island. Once we got there, these pirates led us on a treasure hunt which...
5 Jun 2008
Why For did the Mouse really rename MGM "Disney's Hollywood Studios" ?
Last week, Lauren S. sent me this e-mail: Dear Jim, At the beginning of September, I had a wonderful vacation, dining for free at the Pop Century Resort . However, something threw me - whatever happened to the plans for the other half of the property. Years ago, I remember reading through travel guides...
11 Oct 2007
Why For the Muppets didn't make it into Tokyo DisneySea
Hirota K. of Yokohoma writes in to say Dear Mr. Hill -- I have been greatly enjoying your recent articles about Disney theme park attractions that were never built. Could you please share some stories about rides that were proposed but never built for my favorite theme park, Tokyo DisneySea ? Thank you...
13 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
Why For Zac Efron doesn't have more fans in Mouse House management?
Mindy T. writes in to say: I'm a big Beyoncé fan. So last week's story about how Disney was after her to star in the movie version of "Aida" really excited me. Is there any other new on this project? Dear Mindy T. Talk between Ms. Knowles and the Mouse are continuing. And though Beyoncé has yet to officially...
12 Jul 2007
Why (For) Disney doesn't feel all that bad about missing out on the theme park rights to "Harry Potter" ?
As you might expect, I got an awful lot of e-mail yesterday concerning that "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" project that Universal Studios just announced. That $500 million re-theming of the "Lost Continent" section of Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park . First up, Kurt G. wrote in to say...
31 May 2007
Why For did WDW's Asian, Venetian and Persian resorts never get built?
Terri P. writes in to say: I really enjoyed last week's Why For and was wondering if you had any more info about those three resort hotels that were never built. Ah, you mean the Asian, the Venetian and the Persian. Turning again to my handy-dandy copy of the "Preview Edition" of the "Walt Disney World...
19 Apr 2007
Why For would Walt Disney Productions ever want to build a "Vacation Kingdom" right in the middle of the swamps of Central Florida ?
Matt H. writes in to say: I just finished reading Charlie Ridgway 's " Spinning Disney's World: Memories of a Magic Kingdom Press Agent ." And my favorite part of that book has to be all of his stories about WDW's pre-opening phase, where Ridgway kept having to take reporters through the half-finished...
12 Apr 2007
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