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Macy's brings its Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons down to Florida to add some Big Apple spice to Universal Orlando's holiday program
Every year, after Santa's 60 foot-long sleigh float rolls up in front of Macy's Herald Square store on Thanksgiving morning, 50 million television viewers turn off their sets and say "Well, that's it for this year's parade." Not exactly. Though NBC's broadcast of this NYC...
7 Dec 2014
Hollywood creatives and theme park fans appreciate the Universal difference
It's often been said that if you build a better mouse trap, the world will beat a path to your door. Harry Potter fans race up the red carpet to be among the first to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley when this new "land" at Universal Studios officially opened...
10 Nov 2014
Knott's 'Special Ops: Infected' proves that wide open spaces can be just as scary as dark twisty mazes
It sounds like an interesting challenge. Staging an authentic-looking zombie apocalypse while -- at the same time -- not scratching up any of Grizzly Creek Lodge's nice new furniture. But that's exactly what Jon Cooke has spent the past five-and-a-half weeks doing. Taking Knott's Berry Farm...
1 Nov 2014
Disney characters puts the fun in fundraising at annual CHOC "Walk in the Park" event
It's the fundraiser that Disney fans happily and willingly get out of bed at 3 a.m. to take part in. The one that people actually schedule their Southern California vacations around, with some participants flying in from as far away as Texas, Illinois and Connecticut. Which event am I talking about...
12 Oct 2014
It's all the little details that help Universal Orlando deliver the really big scares at Halloween Horror Nights 24
You can't spell "scare" without "care." And the fiendish folks behind Universal Orlando 's Halloween Horror Nights clearly understand this. That's why they put a full year of careful thought & planning into the 24th edition of this seasonal scare-fest. Which officially...
20 Sep 2014
Disney looks to avoid the mistakes that it made with "The Little Mermaid" as it expands its "Frozen" empire
25 years ago when "The Little Mermaid" first arrived in theaters, The Walt Disney Company really wasn't ready to capitalize on how successful that hand-drawn animated feature would become. And I mean REALLY not ready. If you dropped by your local Disney Store during the 1989 holiday season...
18 Sep 2014
Where Disneyland almost was (and what's now in the works for the Happiest Place on Earth)
It's been an amazing eight days here in Southern California. I've met with a lot of great people while I was out here. And these folks then shared tons of tremendous stories. Many of which I'll be posting on JHM & the Huffington Post in coming weeks. But before I blow town, I did want...
11 Sep 2014
Construction continues on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Springfield at Universal Studios Hollywood
Greetings from Universal Studio Hollywood. Where there's an epic transformation underway. And no, I'm not just talking about what's going on up the Upper Lot. Everywhere you look around Universal City, there are teams of construction workers taking down trees and/or trimming brush ... Photo...
9 Sep 2014
How did Disneyland Cast Members learn about the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad project back in 1979?
35 years ago today, Disneyland 's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad officially opened the public. And the very first Guests were then able to climb aboard the I.M. Brave & U.R. Daring for the "Wildest Ride in the Wilderness." Zooming along 2,780 feet of track at speeds that sometime reached...
1 Sep 2014
Look for "Frozen Fun" to linger on at Disney's Hollywood Studios thru 2015, debut soon in DCA's Hollywood Pictures Backlot area
Given that we're right in the middle of an early cold spell up here in New Hampshire, I'm thinking that now would be a good time to bring up how the folks who run Disney's Hollywood Studios ' aren't quite ready to "Let (It) Go" of that theme park's " Frozen Summer...
19 Aug 2014
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