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Remembering Epcot Center's very first visitors
25 years ago today, several thousand construction workers and their family members got a special treat. Over that long-ago holiday weekend, they became the very first folks to visit Epcot Center . Copyright 1982 Walt Disney Productions. All Rights Reserved Of course, one might argue that these construction...
2 Sep 2007
The Kingdom That Never Came : Disney World expansion plans circa June of 1982
This is one of these stories that I'm sure is going to depress a certain portion of JHM readers. Mostly because it gives a glimpse of what might have been at Walt Disney World . Particularly if Ron Miller had remained in power at the Mouse House. Anyway ... The following is a transcript of an article...
30 Aug 2007
Monday Mouse Watch: Is Disney getting ready to send in the "Clones" ?
Okay. Let's start your Monday morning off with a funny little Disney-related story from the September issue of " Star Wars Insider " magazine. Which alludes to a particularly bizarre moment during the production of " Episode IV - A New Hope ." It seems that -- with the hope that they might be able to...
26 Aug 2007
Are George Lucas and the Walt Disney Company getting ready to expand their (Rebel) Alliance
Roger A. writes in to ask: Jim, Bravo on your two recent articles on the Disney-MGM name change . After hearing the news, I was thrilled to find your very-informative articles on the subject. One thing you mentioned really intrigued me, and begs for more info: "We'll have to wait 'til "Disney's Hollywood...
16 Aug 2007
Monday Mouse Watch : The reel / real story behind Disney-MGM Studios' upcoming name change
Were you surprised by the rather generic-sounding new name that the Walt Disney Company saddled Disney-MGM with last week? Well, you weren't the only one. Many of the Mouse House managers that I spoke with over this past weekend were really taken aback by the studio theme park's new moniker. As one Disney...
12 Aug 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
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
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