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  • Blog Post: Beware the Placeholder

    Jeff Lange just returned from Walt Disney World. Where he got some killer shots of the work that's being done at the Magic Kingdom in the area where "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" used to be located. Photo by Jeff Lange As you can see from this photo, there's virtually nothing left of the "20K" show...
  • Blog Post: Snow Job

    Go ahead. Ask a Disneyana fan who Marc Davis was. Better yet: Find yourself a comfy chair, sit down, and THEN ask a Disneyana fan who Marc Davis was. Because you're about to get an earful. First you'll probably hear about how Davis was this legendary animator at Walt Disney Studios. The guy who played...
  • Blog Post: "Autopia" on the road to Hong Kong Disneyland?

    (c) Disney / Pixar Say you’re a theme park like Hong Kong Disneyland. A project that – even though it’s still at least a year away from opening to the public – has already acquired a reputation for being built on the cheap. For offering far too meager an assortment of attractions...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Dragon Rocks

    Okay. Quick show of hands. How many of you read that great story that Mark Goldhaber wrote for MousePlanet last Wednesday? You know, the one where Mark interview former Imagineer Paul Torrigino about "Dragon Tower"? Where Paul revealed all this truly cool information about what Beastly Kingdom (AKA Disney...
  • Blog Post: Never Mind About "The Future That Never was." What about the Tomorrowland that Tokyo Disneyland almost got: Sci-Fi City.

    Let me share a piece of e-mail that I got earlier this weekend: Jim -- Have you seen the 2005 Birnbaum WDW guide yet? I picked up my copy today at Barnes & Noble and was shocked to find absolutely no listing for WDW's Carousel Of Progress and The Timekeeper show. Was this just a printer's error on...
  • Blog Post: The Beach you'll never reach: Disney's abandoned plans for Florida's Eastern shore

    Relax. That loud noise that you've been hearing coming from Florida's coastline is NOT Hurricane Ivan. But -- rather -- a collective sigh of relief from the staff of Disney's Vero Beach Resort. "What's with all the sighing?," you ask. Well, late last week, it was reported that the damage that Hurricane...
  • Blog Post: While strolling through the park one day ...

    Training the trains While visiting Disneyland on Saturday afternoon, I was genuinely pleased to see that "Big Thunder Mountain Railway" was back up and running again. Photo by Nancy Stalder Mind you, no Disneyland guests were actually ever allowed to ride these trains. They were repeatedly just being...
  • Blog Post: Don't expect any big changes with "Big Thunder"

    I know this is going to seem somewhat hypocritical (not to mention bizarre) for a webmaster to say something like this ... But -- you know -- you can't believe everything that you read on the Internet. Take -- for example -- the rumors that are currently flying around the Web about the ultimate fate...
  • Blog Post: The WDW attraction that almost was: "Journey to the Center of the Earth"

    Hey, gang -- Greetings from New Boston, N.H. Where -- as of this moment -- I'm still journeying to the center of my desk. Trying to dig my way out from under a three week accumulation of mail. But just because I've gotten 'way behind in my correspondence doesn't mean that you nice folks have to go without...
  • Blog Post: An Imagineer's insight on "Disney's America"

    As I mentioned in my other column today, I dug a few pieces out of the JHM files that I think you'll enjoy. This is from a 1993-era interview, where then-WDI senior VP Bob Weis talks in detail about what his plans for "Disney's America." I think you'll find it most interesting. "This is not in any way...
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