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Huffington Post -- The extremely hard lessons that the themed entertainment industry learned from Hard Rock Park
For music fans, it's all about being able to say that they were there at the Newport Folk Festival when Dylan went electric . For baseball fans, it's being able to say that they were at Dodger Stadium when Sandy Koufax pitched his perfect game . But when it comes to theme park fans, what do they...
17 Apr 2014
"Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" is the latest step in Universal Studios Hollywood's reimagining of its Upper Lot
By now, you've probably already heard that Universal Studios Hollywood 's version of " Despicable Me Minion Mayhem " opened on Friday. Copyright 2014 Universal Studios. All rights reserved And as you might expect, there was the usual hoopla ... Gru is joined onstage by Miranda Cosgrove...
13 Apr 2014
The Mouse continues its hi-tech, hand-held roll-out with today's debut of Disney Movies Anywhere
This ain't your Dad's Walt Disney Company anymore. Sure, every so often, you'll see the Company fund the construction of some massive immersive environment like Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park or that AVATAR-inspired "land" which finally officially broke ground at...
25 Feb 2014
Remembering Shirley Temple and her many ties to The Walt Disney Company
You know, as I sit and watch footage of Shia LaBeouf behaving like a jackass at the Berlin Film Festival or hear yet another story about how Justin Bieber continues his transition from talented tween to delusional jerk , I wonder: How did Shirley Temple do it? Shirley Temple on the red carpet at the...
11 Feb 2014
Harry Potter stars & fans journey to Universal Orlando for a celebration of the boy wizard
At this point, people who come to the Universal Orlando Resort kind of expect to encounter some Harry Potter-related lines. Yesterday afternoon, the line to get into the Harry Potter Expo actually started down by Universal Studios' Classic Monsters Cafe ... But yesterday, the Guests weren't lining...
25 Jan 2014
Huffington Post -- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley nears completion at the Universal Orlando Resort
There's not a stitch of clothes for sale at Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions. Not yet anyway. And the shelves at Borgin and Burkes are still bare as well. But none of that matters. Even though The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley is still basically a construction site, there's...
23 Jan 2014
"Saving Mr. Banks" production team works with Disney Archives to accurately recreate Walt's World circa 1962
So just how far did the " Saving Mr. Banks " production team go when it came to replicating the look & the feel of a early 1960s version of Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland Park ? Pretty darned far. Or so says Becky Cline , the Director of the Walt Disney Archives . "When the Studio...
2 Jan 2014
Though Disney "Frozen" may be the Snow Queen of today's movie box office, "The Lion King" still reigns supreme
You have to admit that Disney "Frozen" has already had a pretty spectacular run at the box office. Over the past five weeks, this Walt Disney Animation Studios production has earned an estimated $248.4 million domestically . And then when you favor in the $250 million worth of tickets that...
30 Dec 2013
Busch Gardens Williamsburg went right down to the wire while decking the halls for the 2013 edition of Christmas Town
I wanted to share a few shots that Nancy and I took last month at Busch Gardens Williamsburg . We were onsite for the official opening day of this year's edition of Christmas Town . Photo by Jim Hill We actually managed to make it inside this 350+ acre theme park before it opened to the public and...
18 Dec 2013
There were lots of tiny tots with their eyes all a-glow at Sesame Place's "A Very Furry Christmas"
SuperGrover22 wrote in yesterday with a Why For question: Copyright Ballantine Books. All rights reserved I just finished reading your review of Brian Jay Jones ' " Jim Henson: The Biography ." Can you please explain why Michael Eisner seemed so eager to get his hands on the Sesame Street...
26 Nov 2013
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