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Leaked plans for Universal's Harry Potter expansion totally upstaged Disney's Leap Year Day celebration announcement
Upstage: (verb) To divert attention or praise from; force out of the spotlight This wasn't how The Walt Disney Company envisioned 2012 starting out. After weeks of broadly hinting that the Mouse had something big in the works for Leap Year, Disney's PR department thought that Twitter & Facebook...
19 Jan 2012
Why For did Disney-MGM visitors never get the chance to "Journey to the Center of the Earth"?
In response to last week's "Universal Studios Florida's 'Jaws' attraction sails off into the sunset" article , A Bigger Boat wrote in to say: I really enjoyed your "Jaws" article. But I find it hard to believe that Universal would change the layout of their entire...
12 Jan 2012
Are the Imagineers taking another shot at getting a shoot-the-chutes built at a Disney theme park?
It was supposed to be Disneyland 's first thrill ride: Monstro the Whale ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Which - in much the same way that Dumbo the Flying Elephant ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... was just a Disneyified version of that amusement...
9 Jan 2012
Disney might-have-beens will be up for bid in Profiles in History's "Icons of Animation" auction
With the arrival of Black Friday, the 2011 holiday shopping season is now officially underway. And if you're struggling to come up with the perfect gift for the Disneyana collector and/or the animation enthusiasts on your Christmas list ... Well, you might want to consider checking out the catalog...
25 Nov 2011
Why For was the Excavator never built at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park?
Fluffy-Not-Fat sent me a new Why For question earlier this week, saying: As a longtime fan, it's great that you've begun writing theme park history stories again. Those stories were always my favorite part of your site. So now that I've kissed your butt a little, I was wondering if you'd...
10 Nov 2011
Why For did Epcot's Future World not turn out as WED had originally planned?
Epcot Enthusiast wrote in this week to say: I saw a Tweet today that said that you and Len Testa were touring Future World and World Showcase recording stories for a new " Unofficial Guide Disney Dish with Jim Hill" podcast. Epcot is my very favorite WDW theme park. Could you please share some...
7 Oct 2011
Pruning Carnation Plaza Gardens makes room for future growth at Disneyland
As any good gardener will tell you, Fall is a great time to prune. Why For? Because once the leaves are off the tree, you can actually see what you're doing. More to the point, flowering plants that are pruned back in the autumn usually experience vigorous regrowth the following spring. Photo by...
18 Sep 2011
WDI's "Carousel of Projects" looks to put a new spin on the D23 EXPO's Parks & Resort pavilion
So what was the very best part of the original D23 EXPO ? To be honest, that depended on what aspect of the Walt Disney Company most excites you. For fans of Disney's live-action movies, it would be hard to top that moment from the Studio Showcase when the wreckage of a sailing ship slowly rotated...
16 Aug 2011
Jim Korkis to discuss Walt's fascination with outer space at the Disney Family Museum
Okay. I know. This week, the white hot center of the pop culture universe is down in San Diego. At the San Diego Convention Center to be exact. Where the 41 st edition of Comic-Con International is now underway. But if I may direct your attention 500 miles to the north, tomorrow at 3 p.m. there is something...
21 Jul 2011
Big Thunder model makes for a fun addition to the Disneyland Hotel
As part of this week's hit-and-run trip to Southern California, I made a special trip to the Disneyland Hotel yesterday. Just so I could then check out that replica of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad which had recently been installed in the Frontier tower lobby. Photo by Jim Hill When you're...
6 Jul 2011
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