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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
Why For the DCA renewal project may be a lot more difficult (more importantly, a lot more expensive) than you might think
In response to last week's "Why For," Lou P. writes in to say: Your latest column just doesn't make any sense to me. Back in the earlier 1990s, the Imagineers were given $1.4 billion and told to do something spectacular with Disneyland 's old parking lot. Working with that limited amount of money, they...
2 Aug 2007
Why For $1.2 billion may not be enough to cover the retheming of Disney's California Adventure
Oliver from Stuttgart writes in say ... This is Oliver from Germany. I am writing you today because I wonder whether you know new details about the retheming of DCA ? As far as I know a new Pixar parade and a new lagoon show have been approved already. But what about the general make-over of the themed...
26 Jul 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
As "Tarzan" swings off Broadway, is Beyoncé getting ready to play Aida in Disney's next big movie musical?
First up, Kevin writes in to say: I was just wondering, how do Disney executives feel about the Wiggles joining up with Six Flags for the " Wiggles World " theme areas in their parks? Is this a sign that the Wiggles and Disney may be parting company soon? Kevin Dear Kevin -- Nope. You have to understand...
5 Jul 2007
Why For do the Imagineers keep adding new characters to Disney's classic theme park attractions?
Earlier this week, Perry T. sent me the following e-mail : Jim, Are you as sick as I am about how the Imagineers keep forcing characters into older attractions at the Disney theme parks? Just in the past six months, we've had that new " Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor " show replace the Magic Kingdom 's old...
21 Jun 2007
Has "At World's End" got you at wit's end ? Then pick up a copy of "The Pirates Guidelines" and unravel the secrets of Disney's POTC trilogy
" Pirates of the Caribbean : At World's End " is many things. The highly anticipated conclusion to Disney's "Pirates" trilogy. One of the highest grossing films of the year (Earning over 3/4rs of a billion dollars worldwide in the past three weeks). Not to mention being a merchandising bonanza for the...
12 Jun 2007
Why (For) did Walt Disney actually have Disneyland's Submarine Voyage built ?
Julie L. writes in to say: All of the other Disney sites have been running stories this week about Disneyland 's " Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage ". So what's your take on this classic Tomorrowland attraction coming back to life after being shut down for almost nine years now ? Dear Julie -- To be honest...
7 Jun 2007
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